FILM: “All Is Lost”

November 25th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Pete Mason

One actor. That’s all the casting for “All Is Lost.” Just one actor. But when that actor happens to be Robert Redford, well, that changes things a bit.

Sailing the Indian Ocean on a yacht, without a known purpose, backstory, family or history of the character – not even a name for him, for who has to say his name? – Redford (known as “Our Man” in the credits) braves the elements, a damaged ship and despair over eight days stranded in the Indian Ocean without a glimmer of hope.

In a solo performance at sea, there is little need for dialogue, or monologue in this case. Redford speaks the most before the movie title appears, reading a letter that apologizes to unknown recipients, but likely his family. Aside from this, he speaks only into a radio to report and S.O.S., screams “Fuuuuuuuuck” when his fresh water becomes contaminated with sea water, and finally when he yells at passing ships. That’s it. This isn’t “The Artist¸” but as silent films go, this is pretty close. The sound editors and foley artists are the only ones keeping the film from being a silent film.

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