July 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm #107005
It’s a 2013 American survival film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has almost no dialogue.
Robert Redford received a lot of critical praise at the Cannes Film Festival. He could be the next Best Actor winner.
The trailer is rumored to be released tomorrow.July 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm #107007
Oh, I’m curious about the trailer. Sounds like a ballsy film to do. Nice to know we’ll be taking a look at it tomorrow!August 1, 2013 at 10:51 am #107008
Here is the trailer:
IMO, Don’t see much beyond Redford and some techs.August 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm #107009
The background music impressed me the most. Is that the film’s score?
I would probably be much more excited for this had it not come only a year after Life of Pi.August 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm #107010
Looks great. It reminds me of “The Impossible” because Naomi Watts had very little dialogue throughout the film, and she managed to get an oscar nomination because of her facial expressions/struggles.October 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #107011
Saw this today. It’s one of the films I’ve been most looking forward to this season but was slightly disappointed.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS (No actual plot points but don’t want to upset anyone)
good but somewhat uninvolving. There are clear similarities with
‘Gravity’ but the latter film manages to come up with new and inventive
ways to keep the momentum going. ‘All Is Lost’ keeps repeating the same
idea and whilst it’s thrilling in places it’s never quite edge of you
This isn’t helped by Redfords very low key
performance. His character is clearly extremely capable and therefore
the tension is lessened by the fact that he knows the best way to deal
with any calamity. Still surely anyone in this situation would go
through a whole array of emotions and yet all we really get here is
craggy faced determination and a stoic kind of acceptance. A few swear
words at least would certainly be in order. I really wanted him to win but don’t anymore. A nom is certainly likely though.
There is also a
problem with the lack of dialogue in general. I’m sure everything has
been well researched but not being a sailor I was often confused as to
what his motivation for certain actions was and with no one to converse
with or way of explaining why he’s doing certain things many things seem
foolish. I’m thinking ‘Close the hatch’ or ‘Stop titting about and stem
Overall it’s fine and I’d certainly encourage anyone to see it but it’s just not the great film I was hoping for.
Score – BOctober 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm #107012
Love the trailers and previews I’ve seen, and am simply happy to see Redford in a lead role again. J.C, Chandor’s screenplay in Margin Call is standout, and this one I suspect will delight me. I cant see any kind of box office for this, but it wont make any difference to it’s quality. I’ll definitely check it out.October 17, 2013 at 11:57 am #107013
With slightly less than half of it’s eventual reviews (it has 20 currently), this one is sitting at a very solid 86 on Metacritic right now. Surprise Best Picture nominee?October 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm #107014
Yeah, I don’t know where the idea that this is getting mixed reactions is coming from. Everyone I know in the states that has seen it loved it. Only two reviews have been mixed, and most has been very positive. Redford might be snubbed, but he is in a great position to win critics groups. If anything, I think this might be the film that gets the arthouse-vote from the academy, like Tree Of Life/Talk To Her/City Of God/Amour.October 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm #107015
I’ve had Redford in my T2 since the movie premiered to rapturous reception for his performance. Usually 1st, though currently behind Ejiofor for me.
100s include Wall Street Journal, Time, EW, and critics I usually think of as cranky Rex Reed/Village Voice/Time Out NY.October 18, 2013 at 7:38 am #107016
So happy for J.C. The reviews pouring in are very positives. Sliding scale and all, maybe there is a chance for a lone director nomination. As bp seems like a tough get for this movie.October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm #107017
Now that there’s almost 10 bp nominees, there won’t be lone director spots. Tree Of Life for example would’ve been a lone director spot in a year of 5 bp nominees, but in a year of ten, it managed to get the nom. If the directing branch loves a film so much they nominate the director for their line-up of five, they also vote for it in film and get it included in a year of 10.
Anyway, this looks like it could end up a BP/BD and adapted screenplay nominee if the contenders of the next few months fall.October 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm #107018
Spotchecking sales at the 2 LA theaters (the have reserved/advanced seating so easy to do), this is not selling that many tickets and looks like it will have an ordinary weekend unless things pick up.
12 Yrs is doing much better, although not looking to be at sell out or close business for most shows.October 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm #107019
Fun Trivia: If Redford gets nominated, All is Lost will be one of only four films where every credited actor in it was nominated. The other three being: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf(1966), Sleuth(1972) and Give ’em Hell Harry(1975). After James Whitmore in the latter film, Redford would be only the second actor to be nominated for a single-actor film.