The survival film “All Is Lost” is a one man show for Robert Redford.
Just as the character he is playing is on a solo voyage across the Indian Ocean, so Redford is the only member of the cast.
All is running smoothly until Redford sails into some very troubled waters.
The film is not big on dialogue. In fact, when the director JC Chandor, sent Redford the script, it ran to just 31 pages.
“I finished writing the thing, and I just sent it to his agent and probably no more than a week later we got a phone call and it said, ‘He’d like to meet you,’” Chandor said.
“10 minutes into the meeting he sort of stopped me and was like, ‘I’ll do it.’”
With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, Redford’s character sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. So what attracted Redford to this unusual project?
“Because it was bold. It was different. It was challenging as an actor. I like that challenge so I was anxious to do it,” said Redford. “ I saw it as something totally unique and that’s one of the things that excited me. This was a very rare, unique project. It was going to be tough. You knew that but you had to go through it in order to make it work.”
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 the hope of rescue from 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 movie is now on release in USA and will be on release across Europe in the Autumn