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08/25/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

All is lost ... especially my time

Normally I start a review with a quote from the film in question. That's a bit difficult in this case since "All is lost" lacks any conversation. The only thing that would qualify is a frustrated cry of the famous F-word. For the rest it is just sloshing water, creaking wood, nois of hitting ropes and lots of rain and falling water, you hear throughout the film. I can understand his frustration, because how the hell is it possible to have a collision between your pleasure boat and a container on that immeasurable ocean while doing an afternoon nap ? It's difficult to call this movie unnerving exciting. I dare to say that it was dead boring after a certain time. The only decision I took after watching this film is that I'll never set foot on such a boat and float around on the oc...

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03/30/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Bestimmt ist Robert Redfords Charakter aus All Is Lost, der noch nicht einmal einen Namen trägt, der einsamste Mann der Filmgeschichte! Über seine Vorgeschichte erfahren wir nichts und auch nichts darüber, was er erreichen will. Seine Gedanken kennen wir nicht und er redet auch nicht mit sich selbst (anders als die meisten Überlebenskünstler). Das braucht er auch nicht, denn Robert Redfords Leinwand-Präsenz reicht vollkommen aus! Neben all seinen mittelmässigen Filmen als Regisseur hatte man fast vergessen, wie gewaltig Redfords Ausstrahlung ist! In All Is Lost muss er mit Improvisationstalent und Geschick ums Überleben kämpfen. Seine Yacht, auf der er sich befindet, kollidierte mit einem Container und weckt Redford aus dem Schlaf. Ein Leck in der Schiffseite ist der Beginn einer Kettenre...


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02/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

impressive art but a touch souless

a disaster movie with just one man and a boat. no other actors or speaking., as a work of art its really good. and really well made. it works. but as a form of entertainment. i would of liked some dialogue even its just the guy swearing from time to time. anybody in real life on their own in that circumstance would of said something even if it was just jesus now what etc etc. yet nothing is really spoken, which makes it kind of souless.
redford is good but he doesn't bring the real human element to the film as you would expect. the anguish and pain he instead just seems very comfortable with his boat in ruins and storms and his life in the balance . far too comfortable.
but as a work of art which it is. then its great but from a enjoyable point of view i personally would prefer to watc...

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02/06/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

An Old Man Vs. the Sea

All is Lost has been gaining significant attention from critics - and while it may have gotten an Oscar snub, it has been more than welcome in other awards circles. But for all the critical acclaim, this story of survival, while certainly intense, just left me wanting a bit more.

First things first, Robert Redford can carry a film on his own. If there is one thing that stands out in All is Lost, it is that it truly is a standout performance from Redford. Plus - he had to go through a lot - underwater scenes, lots of wind and rain, working on a boat (sometimes upside down) and a raft - I have to think that the filming had to be pretty rough, and, let's face it, the man is no spring chicken, so I have to give it up that he put himself through such a demanding role. And he does so convinc...

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01/02/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)


Robert redford is the only actor, i have seen, who actually knows how to sail.
I really enjoyed J.C. Chandors' debut "Margin Call". It was intense and realistic. But more important it was dialogue-based. This movie lived from its dialogue. "All is Lost" is the excact opposite.

This movie is based on the character-actions and the way they can develop. Some reviewers were arguing about the mising character-backstory, but this movie is not about that what lies behind, it is about, how to survive in the present and thinking about the future. And more important, the fact that the whole movie takes place on sea, means that it doesn't matter where you are from, what your origin is, or who you are. On sea and in trouble, only surviving matters.
If you are looking for a connection to "Margi...

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11/20/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

'All is Lost', Boredom is Found

'All is Lost' tells the most self-contained and simple narrative of any movie this year. The entirety of this film is literally just Robert Redford out at sea. It's a survival piece that is solely focused on the struggle and nothing else. This is also the focus of Redford's performance. It's all we see him do. We never learn a single thing about his character, not even his name. This is partially due to the fact that he speaks no more than two to three brief lines of dialogue total. He loses his boat, then becomes lost at sea. I wish there was more to this film, a reason to care for the character's well being or even a tiny amount of engagement. I was honestly bored more than once. Other ares of the film are solid and well done, but the whole experience left me unfulfilled.

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11/14/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A challenge in nothing.

Once you give this film some more thought, you like it less. What a pity.

Having watched it again, I am disappointed that I can't admit All is Lost was as good the second time as it was the first.
I retract my statement from my last review, in which I hailed this film a masterpiece. It is a very intense look into the mind of a man. Too bad that that man is more of a scapegoat than an actual character.
The reason I was worried about All is Lost during anticipation of its release, was because Margin Call was such a fantastically directed dialogue-based film. People were either wise-cracking, arguing or having conversations for the entire movie. It might have been nice to see a breath of fresh air in director J.C. Chandor's latest film, but he should definitely stick to filling the air ...

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