Monday, November 11, 2013

Movie Review: "All Is Lost" (2013)

Movie: "All Is Lost"
Director: J.C. Chandor
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
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A guy (Robert Redford) is on a boat. Then, he is on a life raft. He must try and stay alive on the high seas.

This movie is "Gravity" at sea, but not as good. It also has a pretty generic plot. Robert Redford says about 30 words in this movie and that's it, no other dialogue, no other characters, no other communication besides grunts, groans, and water sloshing. Despite everything that goes wrong for him, he manages to stay relatively calm throughout his ordeal. A lot of times, he looked more inquisitive as opposed to concerned or frustrated. He is extremely resourceful with what little he has on the open ocean away from land and manages to stay alive a lot longer than we would.

Critics love this movie and Redford's performance because it is not standard Hollywood fare. It is very artsy and it's pretty much all about the visuals, which are very pretty, but can be equated to a nature documentary that you'd see on the Discovery Channel. The one major positive note we can make is that despite the lack of dialogue, you'd expect this movie to move really slowly, but surprisingly, it doesn't. It actually keeps a very good pace throughout the film.

You would almost expect if a person was out on a boat alone for an extended period of time, they would probably talk to themselves a little bit, or at least make more than one emotional exclamation of anger or fear or frustration...but no. The lack of talking was not so much to support the story, but rather to see if filmmakers could make a movie with extremely limited dialogue and have it be successful. It's an art for art's sake type of film.

In our opinion, it was just alright, nothing too special, and not one we'd watch again.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
Do we recommend this movie: Meh.

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