All Is Lost Review

23 Jan

Howdy ladies and gents, its review time. Today I’m reviewing All Is Lost, a film I knew almost nothing about besides the fact that Robert Redford was in it and the fact that her was at sea because of the film poster. I was going in blind! So did the film entertain or fail? Read on and find out.

The story of the film is pretty simple; Redford is a man in a boat out at sea, who runs into a series of unfortunate incidents that puts him against nature itself and tests his endurance to the maximum as he fights to survive. And that is it.

The story is fairly simple and doesn’t really explain much, you don’t know the character’s name, history or family, you don’t even know where he’s from or where he’s going, but then you don’t need to. From the outset the film makes it clear once the danger kicks in that it is a fight for survival and it engages you on a realistic level thanks to good pacing, danger and a character who goes through hell that just want to see get out of his situation. Another thing to note is that this film is basically Gravity except it’s at sea. Funny thing is that this is even simpler in story and character and visuals and somehow comes off as a more powerful and dramatic piece of work (but that’s just me).


As for characters, well there’s only one and that is Robert Redford a the unnamed man. Redford carries this film in such a graceful and energetic manner, he barely speaks and yet his actions speak louder than words. His character goes through so much that is humanly possible that you wonder how he is still standing and it is the acting that is so raw and believable that makes it so great to watch.

In conclusion All Is Lost is an incredible film for what it is. It is based in one, with one character that rarely talks and yet it still manages to be a very engaging and dramatic experience. Robert Redford is such an awesome actor and he really makes you care about his character in a way that not many films can. If you’re willing to give this film a try then I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

Rating: 8/10 (an insane and amazing fight for survival at sea)

So what did you think of All Is Lost? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo 😀


Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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3 responses to “All Is Lost Review

  1. CMrok93

    January 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Good review Curtis. Redford was amazing here and it’s a damn shame that he didn’t get a nomination for his work here. Oh well, yet again, another case of the Academy screwing some worthy competition over.

  2. sidekickreviews

    January 24, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Great review, I want to watch this after reading your post.

  3. Jim ashworth

    January 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I am always ready to watch a new sailing movie. I found all is lost was a little distinct from the normal reactions of a sailor. After the accident there were no signs of urgency. Though he did many things correct, he did many things wrong. Being the hole was just above water line, he could have stopped water from coming in with a simple patch of pillows, anything playable, a cabinet door and a mop handle to keep these things under pressure. The was also an emergency location Becan on the back of the boat. That red thing with the short antenna. Why did he not take and attach to the raft, or better yet on a blue water vessel, the life boat usually contains one. Also, where was his handheld VHF? Seems to be lacking equipment to be a blue water vessel. The lack of urgency was the same throughout the movie. I did enjoy it just because it was about sailing as many will. Just realize this is not a movie directed by a sailor.


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