All Is Lost for Robert Redford

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Aside from a role in the not-seen-by-many Shia LaBeouf film The Company You Keep, Robert Redford has been absent from actor for the past six years. But now he’s returned in the film that’s getting a lot of buzz from Cannes: All Is Lost, which consists almost entirely of Redford alone on a sailboat. The trailer looks pretty epic, and this is clearly one of those tour-de-force one-man movies designed to get the star all kinds of accolades, but I can’t deny that it looks like a really well made film. I’ll probably see this when it arrives in theatres this October. But I was so disappointed in Life of Pi that I’m approaching this other one-guy-on-a-boat movie with much trepidation.

All Is Lost comes out October 18, 2013.

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