All Is Lost
“All Is Lost” is an ambitious piece of experimental filmmaking, but even uniqueness and a stunning performance from Robert Redford can’t save it from feeling repetitive and ultimately, boring.
This is a brave film. There’s practically no dialogue, the entire story is set at sea and Redford plays the only person ever seen on screen, a protagonist who isn’t given any kind of backstory, or even a name.
The film begins as Redford’s character wakes from a nap in his yacht to find water pouring into the boat. A stray metal container from a cargo ship has cut a jagged hole in his vessel. Cool and collected, he pumps the water from the boat and patches the hole.
But his luck keeps getting worse. A violent storm rips open the hole in the boat, and suddenly the character’s story is one of pure survival. He faces sharks, a lack of drinking water, multiple storms and almost any other problem that could possibly take place.