All Is Lost

2013 (J. C. Chandor) PG, 106 minutes

Robert Redford

In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing.

If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.

Redford plays an unnamed sailor (identified in the credits simply as "Our Man") facing a series of worsening crises on the Indian Ocean. Despite the lack of dialogue, the experience is riveting. Writer-director J.C. Chandor realistically creates storm-tossed waters and authentic sound design that we notice mainly when it stops. Redford's character is thrown overboard and the noisiness of the waves slapping against the boat suddenly ceases, reminding us of just how powerful the din was.

Redford gives the performance of his career. It feels as if the accumulated wisdom of his years, and knowledge amassed in his many screen roles and filmmaking efforts, is contained in this one performance.

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