All Is Loss: An Individual’s Will to Survive.
Monteque Pope-Le Beau
All Is Loss is a profound and psychological study of an individuals will to survive. It takes only a few minutes to realize that you are not looking at the movie, but a work of art. It’s minimalists style, lack of dialogue and superb cinematography adds to the appeal of this work of art. This is a thinking person’s movie which pulls you in and invites you to share in the journey of the character. For 107 minutes All Is Lost is a true heart wrenching tale in which you possibly know the outcome, but hope and pray that it won’t come true. You find yourself sitting at the edge of your seat watching this gentleman on his journey and going through his ordeals as this adventure of man versus nature unfolds before you.
Robert Redford 77 plays Our Man who is sailing alone on the open seas when tragedy hits. He awakes to water pouring into his sailboat after a cargo container has crashed into the side of his 39 foot yacht. After this it turns into a roller coaster ride of horrible tragedies, one after another. The perseverance and survival instinct in Our Man is so strong that he neither caves or gives in his fears. He just keeps going no matter what and yes, he keeps fighting up until the end. Robert Redford’s acting is superb. There is only a few lines of dialogue at the beginning, which is his voice over reading a goodbye letter. There are a few other words during the movie, but besides that there is no dialogue. He gives a masterful performance. With almost no dialogue, it is a performance of emotions and actions. Even at the end you are left wondering will he or won’t he survive, but the most amazing thing is not only are you speechless by the end; but when you walk out, you are still thinking about it. All is Lost gets inside of you and once it has you it doesn’t let you go. This is magnificent filmmaking at it’s best!!!!!!
Robert Redford and All is Lost was a well received at Canes, which screened out of competition, but it was the evening showing which held the biggest surprise. He may not have gotten an award at Cannes, but if the 9 minute standing ovation was any clue, he and this wonderful film will be heading to the Oscars.
All Is Lost 107 min
Director: by J. C. Chandor