Excerpt: Una voce sul nero dello schermo recita una lettera d’addio. Scopriremo solo alla fien che la voce e la lettera sono quelle del protagonista di All is lost, un attimo prima di chiudere le sue parole in una bottiglia affidata all’oceano.
Excerpt: Robert Redford se enfrenta a un mar de cromas enfurecidos en una decepcionante mini odisea. Repetitivo, mecánico y finalmente casi cómico, un drama en el que lo más destacable es el estado de forma físico de su único protagonista.
Excerpt: It took most of the year, but the annual critically-lauded film for which I am surprisingly on the outside has arrived. Taking the torch from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is “All Is Lost,” a confoundedly boring experience that again has me convinced I saw a version different from the rich, meaningful film so many others have lauded.
Excerpt: The film itself doesn’t quite match his brooding intensity (in the Grown-Up Survival Tales™ derby, it’s neither as moving as The Grey nor as exhilarating as Gravity, and it would’ve benefited from a release before that film and not after). But it’s a vital, exciting piece of work from Mr. Redford, an actor whom you’d have been forgiven for counting out by now.
Excerpt: Serving as an intriguing companion piece with this fall’s box office juggernaut “Gravity,” “All Is Lost” offers an alternative of isolation survival with a compelling journey. It may not be the best of the year, but it’s a film that you can get a lot out of if you look deep enough.
Excerpt: After being Oscar nominated for his first film’s screenplay, writer/director J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) leapfrogs forward with his second, which, ironically, features only one voice over and two instances of dialogue, one consisting of only one word.
Excerpt: The film begins with him waking up to discover that his cabin is filling with water and he is the only person who appears on screen throughout. It is a truly minimalist story, one that consists only of a man, his boat and the endless, empty blue.
Excerpt: Here is Redford, still looking impossibly boyish when you squint as director J.C. Chandor silhouettes him against a majestic sunset. Then the next minute, he looks every bit of his 77 years of age, his skin worn, his damp hair drooping onto a face crevassed like some kind of craggy natural wonder.
Excerpt: A minimalist, boldly unconventional cinematic stunt, missing the boat by barely sustaining itself as a thriller and lacking the profundity to be a profound meditation on survival and the brevity of life.
Excerpt: …effectively profound in its sophisticated edginess with Redford as its designated soulful engineer. All is Lost can be tedious to watch at times but its metaphoric overtones about crisis-driven alienation and determination will certainly float one’s boat.
Excerpt: Writer-director J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost works on a number of levels, but the most meaningful one may be how it relates specifically to star Robert Redford. This story about a man lost at sea, coming to terms with his own impending mortality, is really all about Redford – one of our most beloved cinematic icons – coming to terms with the end of his cinematic career.