All is Lost
is written and directed by J.C. Chandor
and is the antithesis of Chandor's Margin Call
Not only is there little excitement, the un-named character, the man in the boat, survives in situations that anyone who has been on a boat would never be caught dead in, let alone alive.
To top it off, Redford's acting is mediocre through most of the movie.
There is no dialogue (something that could have worked well) for the first 71 minutes of the film when Redford appears to conjure up enough energy to sling the “F-bomb” at the skies, a sign that he had his fill of disasters while trying to stay afloat.
Amazingly, towards the end, Redford manages to find an empty mason jar and a notebook with a ballpoint pen (that writes without first the need to shake it or scribble with it) neatly clipped to the inside pages (which are dry) among the many waterlogged belongings he salvaged from his sailing yacht, and is able to pen a note and put it in the jar.
This is not a movie you want to watch with your wife or girlfriend, unless, that is, you are trying to end your relationship.
All is Lost
is not even a movie you want to invite friends over to watch.
Being a yachtsman myself, I would have to say, this is a movie you want to watch in solitude in order to appreciate this movie's art form given the numerous anomalies it presents for actual, sailors.
Three 1978 Cal 39' yachts, the “Orion,” the “Tahoe,” and the “Tenacious,” all went down in the Pacific for the making of this movie, only a fraction of the estimated $9 million budget paid for mediocre acting, a story that is somewhat believable, and cinematography that is average.
In other words, a big belly flop!