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Saturday, June 25, 2016

All Desire to Sail on the Open Ocean Is Lost

At least, that's how I feel after watching All Is Lost, Robert Redford's one-man show about disaster on the high seas. That being said, watching Redford stubbornly fight everything the Indian Ocean can throw at him makes for very suspenseful entertainment.

It also reminds me of those survival scenarios we used to game in junior high school. This film reinforces the importance of having a supply of potable water, tools for navigation, fishing line, a hat, signalling devices and, oh yes, POTABLE WATER. Poor Robert Redford - by the end of this movie he looks like a clay sculpture that's been completely dried out, covered in cracks.

Despite the film's many merits - it's tense, well-acted, seamlessly edited and tautly scripted (though there's barely any speaking) - there's a moment that really strains credulity and very nearly took me out of the movie. You'll know it when you see it.

In the end, though, All Is Lost is a powerful thriller and a testament to the power of human endurance and ingenuity. Just remember to bring a few extra deciliters of fresh water. 

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