Rent All Is Lost (2013)

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1h 42min
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Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in 'All Is Lost', an open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.
Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, Justin Nappi, Teddy Schwarzman
J.C. Chandor
Micah Bloomberg, Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Gillian Arthur, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Universal Pictures
Action & Adventure, Drama
Release Date:
Run Time:
102 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
English, French, German
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Release Date:
Run Time:
106 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • All is Lost: The Story
  • The Actor: Robert Redford
  • The Filmmaker: J.C. Chandor

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Reviews (15) of All Is Lost

A 1 word script - All Is Lost review by JD

This has a simple plot. A lone yachtsman has some bad luck then terrible weather then more bad luck. The only word throughout is an expletive said during some particularly bad luck. Some of the camera shots are dreamily beautiful some of the scenes are breathtakingly dramatic. Robert Redford acts very convincingly and I felt his frustration. As a one person cast though it would have been better to have a less famous actor not so type cast in very different roles. Some background to the character might have been good. It was good drama but lacked compassion.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Strange, and Engrossing - All Is Lost review by Mehitabel

This didn't feel like a fictional story, but nor did it feel like a documentary. It was more like just... Being there. We watch Robert Redford's lone yachtsman face one peril after another. But there is no attempt to big up the incidents - they just... Happen. Nor is there any attempt to fake the pace. It's not real time, but there are pauses, and then breathless rushes.. Again, just like it would be in reality.

A far less imaginative approach would have been to fill the whole thing with facile, booming music and to give our (nameless) protagonist a sentimental back-story. And we would have seen him Reacting, big-time, to each set-back. But no. Yet despite not having our chains deliberately jerked as audience, we certainly do find ourselves really caring.. So that when... But that would be a spoiler.

If you like intelligent tales well told, drama without melodrama, and have any interest at all in the ocean, boats or people.. See this film.

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Lost for words - All Is Lost review by db

Loved this film - one lone yachtsman against the sea and bad luck, hardly any words (Robert Redford played this character brilliantly, he certainly wouldn't have forgot his lines)

I found the music, and scenes amazing, expecting the character to go back to his memories, families, romances when he was at death's door but no, just kept simple, mysterious and for me compulsive viewing.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

All Is Lost review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

While nowadays we mostly hear about Robert Redford behind the camera it’s one of the few films he spends in front of it that seems to have the most impact. All is Lost is the ultimate survival tale with Redford giving a performance worthy of serious awards recognition even though he barely says a thing.

The film follows an unnamed elderly man sailing across the ocean until his boat is damaged by a floating shipping container. What starts off as a small problem quickly becomes something much worse when it starts a chain reaction that could easily leave him stranded in the middle of the sea. Using his skills and expertise he must try to stay on top of the many problems he encounters if he wants to stand a chance of getting to land safely.

Directed by J. C Chandor as his follow up to the remarkably verbose Margin Call, All is Lost is an exercise in everything technical, from the shots Chandor uses to the way Redford portrays his silent protagonist, the film is all about form with Redford and Chandor making a fantastic pairing. The film’s grueling shoot only adds to Redford’s stellar performance, a mixture of desperation and fortitude.

The other character to mention is the ocean, a creature with a mind of its own intent on destruction through abject beauty. The man’s connection to the ocean screams everything you need to know about his family, his life and how he needs his isolation just as much as he loathes it.

The films main story may be one of unending optimism and survival but Chandor cleverly fits in plenty of other themes to treat viewers like the corruption of our planet by man as well as the disconnect we all experience from a now semi-automated world as the man finds himself alone in much the same way anyone can be, even if we are surrounded by people. All is Lost isn’t just a title, it’s an opinion, one the film hopefully encourages and dissuades against at the same time

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