Since I was actually feeling well this weekend I did a bit of movie-watching. It was the enjoyable kind of movie-watching unrelated to pain and needing a distraction from physical discomfort. The movie I picked to watch was the 2013 Robert Redford film, All Is Lost. It is a story of a loan sailor, a wealthy individual from the looks of the spiffy sailboat and goodies inside, who gets hit with a shipping container which opens up a hole in the side of his boat.
The movie starts off with drama and emotion and it keeps going from there…without one single word being spoken or very much music. The sailor patches his boat and his radio is wet so he can’t call for help. OK, this is bad, but not so bad he can’t survive. That’s when a vicious storm hits and he must abandon ship into an inflatable life raft.
I started this movie earlier in the day on Saturday but couldn’t finish it due to hanging out with The Husband and friends, but the movie was there in the back of my mind. I wanted to know what happened. The opportunity for finishing the movie didn’t come until bedtime when the Nook tablet went to bed with me along with my headphones.
Things were bleak in the life boat, but hopeful. The sailor busied himself with making a water collection trap and even did a little fishing. He even caught a fish, and as he was pulling it to him a bigger fish, a shark to be exact, came up and snatched it! Robert Redford’s response was to let go and get as far away from the edge as possible. Was this an out-take left in the movie or planned? This I don’t know, but it made for a wonderful scene.
The struggle this character went through was all there. At times his struggle was my own and I could feel his hope slipping away as the days passed. He survives, thankfully, but the ending had me in tears and holding my breath simultaneously.
(OK, I said there weren’t any spoken words, but there was, not far from the end when the character yelled for help to a passing cargo ship. They didn’t hear him.)
I have never been a fan of Robert Redford’s. I can’t explain why. I remember him from the movies in the 1970’s and they seemed always sad to me. Since this was one of the worst times in my life, I didn’t watch his movies. All Is Lost is the first Robert Redford movie I purposefully watched in many a year and I have to give the man his credit: He can act. Without speaking lines he portrayed determination, hope, hopelessness, fear, sadness, and despair convincingly. See this movie. Live the ordeal with this brave sailor. You might just find hope renewed in yourself, too.