All Is Lost

All Is Lost

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Entertainment One Films Canada, ©2014.
Edition: Blu-ray Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 blu-ray disc (approximately 106 min) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm

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strider643
Sep 25, 2018

Excellent movie taut with drama and deeds. Redford is superb and perfectly cast as the quiet but tough mariner lost at sea. This movie haunts you long after viewing. Highly recommended.

oatmeal_crispy Aug 14, 2018

“All lost! to prayers, to prayers! all lost!” (The Tempest. I.i.61)
 
[All Is Lost] is a 2013 minimalist dialogue survival film written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The film is about a man (played by Robert Redford) who wakes up in his boat to find it damaged and partially flooded by saltwater in the middle of an ocean and the chain of events that ensued. [All Is Lost] was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Redford won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (noice) and then the notice of a small outfit run by producer Kevin Feige that soon hired him in another film that you may or may not have heard of:
       [Captain America: The Winter Soldier].
 
If all life is educative, Chandor’s [All Is Lost] can teach us much.
 First, we are all judged the same before nature. Redford’s hero, a man of implied wealth, of evident experience, of good intuitions, of impressive will, of training and of great preparedness finds all of these qualities almost useless in the face of nature. Experience, money, skill, and technology, all of these qualities are hushed before nature’s wrath. At the most, such qualities can only let us hang on for the ride. And through interesting cinematography, and realistic sound effects, Redford’s hero fights titanic, Herculean fights to save his ship only to find himself repeatedly thwarted, and thwarted most cruelty, by a sea that will not be satiated by any sacrifice, by any tribute, until all have been subdued by its cold embrace. And to rub salt to an open wound, the plight of Redford’s hero is ignored even by other humans ‘til he is reduced to the clothes on his back. Why?
 Second, for sometimes life is just unfair and nothing can prepare for that. Sometimes, there is no rescue from within or from without. Sometimes there is no reward for participation. Sometimes, heroic struggles just go unrecorded in our news because those people didn’t survive the ordeal. And were it not for a message in a bottle, the experience of Redford’s hero may have gone as unnoticed as the sound of a tree falling in the forest with nobody to hear it. This is quite possible, all within the realm of the imagination, and now on the big screen. And sometimes, there simply is no glorious victory and no happy ending. Sometimes, the old man in the sea just loses.
 How many days had Santiago gone without catching a fish in Hemingway’s novel? 84. Santiago had fought with a big marlin for three days, and then sharks ate the marlin’s carcass and left him with nothing but the skeleton and his shattered pride when he returned home a day later. As a fish skeleton does not hold the same exchange value of a whole fish, Santiago retreats in shame, but hold on. The villagers who had shunned him saw the marlin bones, recognized his efforts, and made apologizes to him. Yes, he ruined his hands, he lost the fish, but he won. How?
 For third, “‘man is not made for defeat,’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated’” (The Old Man and Sea, pg.103). It is the struggle and our will that defines us. After all worldly goods are lost, after the body has faded, after the mind has tired, past where ingenuity has peaked, it is the human will in [All Is Lost], our instinct to survive, that drives us to persist to the bitter end. That some persist longer in the face of the inevitable is a measure of virtue.
 And when finally submerged by the sea, Redford’s hero descends into the murky depths, further and further he falls until all is dark and lifeless, the battle lost… all hopes betrayed… That is, until—spoiler—a light shines upon him from above, a light that spurs life back into his legs and that makes him fight and crawl for every inch and every foot.
 If life could shout at him I think it would shout, “Do you want to live?”
 Redford’s hero said nothing, but if he could’ve I think he would’ve said, “Swim! Swim! Swim!”

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redworc
Jan 30, 2018

Pretty much a one man show. I wonder how much they saved because he didn't have a lot of lines to learn (:

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reginator_22
Jan 16, 2018

A lot of Robert Redford. A lot.

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RandyGlover
Jun 05, 2017

Many in today’s superficial senses-stimulated world would not appreciate this movie. For me it was a good experience in exposure to developing a better appreciation of superb acting . As the DVD-jacket indicates; “Redford gives the performance of his life.” Effectively it has no verbal-script -- but definitely holds one’s attention -- if one has some intellectual depth & compassion towards the suffering & survival of the human soul. I recommend this movie to those who wish to rise above the shallowness of our neo-modern hi-tech culture.

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Raun
Mar 15, 2017

I agree w htliang (see comment below). This movie was based on a made-up story. If you're going to make up a story, why not make up a good one ? All time was lost watching this one ...

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gingin1972
Mar 11, 2017

Boring crap movie was 106 minutes too long as far as I was concerned!

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StarLord21
Dec 23, 2016

I understand people's negative comments. I believe most people in today's society couldn't sit through this movie. It's too bad. Robert Redford is a terrific actor and he caries this movie solo with experience and excellence. The director is great at using his environment (the boat) and seascape to show how dire survival at sea can be. A really great underrated independent film.

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ausnos
Aug 06, 2016

Incredibly boring and pointless.

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htliang
Jun 15, 2016

I watched this movie to the bitter end; an accomplishment to say the least. I don't like giving such a low score - but I couldn't rate it any higher.

If this movie had been based on a true story, it might have had some merit. I found it quite pointless and not even convincing.

After floundering about in the ocean, the lone character's shirt is barely wet. One scene shows the ocean slightly choppy whereas, a moment later, the waves are twice as high or non-existent. In the middle of the night, the life raft is lit up as if there were a couple of 100 watt bulbs overhead. The only saving grace was Robert Redford; a man whose acting skills have not deteriorated with age.

If you are interested in a REAL struggle for survival, read "Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean", "Ten Degrees of Reckoning", or "Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World".

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2014

from IMDB: Our Man: 13th of July, 4:50 pm. I'm sorry... I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried, I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn't. And I know you knew this. In each of your ways. And I am sorry. All is lost here... except for soul and body... that is, what's left of them... and a half-day's ration. It's inexcusable really, I know that now. How it could have taken this long to admit that I'm not sure... but it did. I fought 'til the end, I'm not sure what this worth, but know that I did. I have always hoped for more for you all... I will miss you. I'm sorry.

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