Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Must See Movie -- "All is Lost," Starring Robert Redford -- 5 Stars!!! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"Hailed as one of the year’s best films by critics everywhere, the “off the scale brilliant” (Huffington Post) and “masterful” (Washington Post) survival drama All Is Lost makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Digital HD February 11th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The “thrilling, nail-biting, pulse-racing adventure,” (Rolling Stone) will be available three weeks earlier on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on January 21st. In a role that is “the capstone to a great star’s career” (Time Magazine), Academy Award® winner Robert Redford (*Best Directing, Ordinary People, 1980) delivers a commanding solo performance as a man who must battle to survive after his boat is wrecked in the open seas. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor, the Oscar®-nominated writer of Margin Call, All Is Lost is an enthralling story of one man’s courage and perseverance against all odds.

“Robert Redford gives the performance of his life,” (New York Times) in this open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. 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.

The Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary by the director and producers as well as captivating, in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes including a look at the film’s director, star, music and more. The All Is Lost Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively."

·         Audio Commentary with Writer/Director/Producer J.C. Chandor and Producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb
·         “Big Film, Small Film” featurette
·         4 Vignettes - The Story, The Filmmaker: JC Chandor, The Actor: Robert Redford and The Sound of All Is Lost
·          “Preparing for The Storm” featurette, includes:  
o   Storyboards
o   VFX Reel
o   Pre Shooting
o   Time-lapse Footage


My Thoughts:

With all this snow lately, I have had a chance to catch up on some movies sent for review, as it is too cold to go outside, and I hate to drive in snow.  While waiting for my husband to get home from the work the other evening, I found myself with a couple of hours to spare, as the girls went down for a late afternoon nap.  What to do...what to do?  I ended up watching "All is Lost," which released back on 2/11, which stars Robert Redford.  Who doesn't love Robert Redford?  I have always been a fan of his, and I have to say that he still looks great at his age.  :-)  Shhh, don't tell my husband.

My friends had raved about this when it was in theaters, so I couldn't wait for it to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray to watch at home.  This was one movie worth waiting for.  From the start of the movie, you were pulled in and kept engaged right to the very end.  The entire film takes place on the open waters, where Robert Redford's character has to work alone to patch up his wooden vessel while doing everything in his power to stay alive.  Everything is thrown at him to test in strength, endurance and will power, including a violent storm.  With only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his path, he has to rely on the ocean fast moving currents to keep him moving, in hopes to find another boat to rescue him.    

If the storm isn't enough to brave, the open water is filled with sharks that continue to circle his vessel.  I don't know about you, but I think I would give up if I was found in this predicament.  Food supplies dwindling, the sweltering sun beating down on his causing dehydration and tiring him out, this suspense thriller really is riveting.  This is one movie that you really want to watch with others so that you can talk about it and feel the suspense alongside them.  As I was watching it, I couldn't help but find myself wishing I had saved the movie to watch with my husband, as I knew he would love it just as much as did.  I guess we will be watching this movie again on Friday.

With all the movies I have recently watched, I have to say that is by far my favorite.  With only one character -- the amazing award-winning Robert Redford, this movie is awe inspiring and captivating, as you sit on the edge of your seat holding your breath hoping that he comes along a passing boat to rescue him.  With all that is thrown at him, and his courage fight for survival, you don't want to see him die at sea.  So, what happens in the he rescued, or does he give up in defeat?  You will just have to watch this movie to find out for yourself. :-)  

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. I can not wait to see this movie. I love Robert Redford and I know that his movies are all really good I can't think of a bad one that he was in or has made so I know this will be a good one. Thanks for the review.
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