Robert Redford is all alone on a sinking yacht, battling the harsh elements in the middle of the ocean, in a film called "All Is Lost." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
It's a literally a one-man show for legendary actor Robert Redford in his latest movie. It's set at sea and it's called "All Is Lost."
Redford is a man who's awoken one morning when a large shipping container slams into his 39-foot yacht, gouging a hole in its side. The boat, which is somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, starts taking on water, and Redford, who's all alone, attempts to fix the problem.
He get some glue and tries to patch it up, but then things start going from bad to worse. There's a storm, his equipment gets waterlogged and, although he gives it a good try, he has no way of communicating with the outside world.
Disasters keep piling up for Redford's character, who's unnamed in the movie. There are more storms and more malfunctions, and then sharks start circling his life raft. Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away here, because, let's face it, the movie is called "All Is Lost."
This is basically a silent film with less than one minute of dialogue. Writer/director J.C. Chandor, who also did "Margin Call," has got the look of the thing down pat, and all the tech credits are top notch.
So, can Redford hold the screen, all by himself, for the entire film? Well, I have to tell you, I found the performance and his characters actions to be too methodical. Unlike "Cast Away," where Tom Hanks not only spoke to Wilson, but also to himself when he created fire, Redford is all full of repressed emotion. He's like a NASA astronaut or a highly trained marine going through all the right procedures to salvage his horrendous situation. Through 98 percent of the film, we never see desperation, and even when he does freak out, it's only for a brief few seconds.
There's no back story on Redford's character. We don't know anything about him or why he's even out there. That's fine, but watching this largely emotionless guy trying to save himself by following training manual procedures, for the entire movie, kept my interest, but never fully engaged me with the film or the characters plight.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2 1/2 apples