ALL IS LOST
(US - 2013)
Written and directed by J.C. Chandor. Cast: Robert Redford. (PG-13, 105 mins)
A stellar late-career achievement for 77-year-old Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST contains the most sparse use of dialogue of any major release since THE ARTIST. Redford is the entire cast in this harrowing saga of a man adrift in a yacht in the Indian Ocean. The film opens with an unseen Redford narrating a letter written by the character: "I'm sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I tried." Cut to eight days earlier, as Redford is stirred awake by a stray shipping container colliding with the yacht and creating a hole in the hull. Water pours in, but Redford (the character is billed as "Our Man") calmly and methodically goes to work patching the hole and draining the water from the boat. Most of his equipment is damaged and he's unable to radio for help. He's soon faced with inclement weather and a torrential storm, which capsizes the yacht and damages it beyond repair. He opts for the life raft with little rations or hope of imminent rescue, using his nautical skills to chart when he'll drift into commercial shipping territory and out of the open water.