Despite it's strong 'star' turn by Shailene Woodley and exceptional photography by Robert Richardson this 'man vs. nature' or in this case 'woman' falls pretty flat. The main problem is its main so-called twist which pretty much ruins the picture even with its fragmented structure. This could have been so much more and instead winds up only serviceable.
Shailene Woodley is too good to *still* being doing merely serviceable films like this, and Sam Claflin isn't half-bad, especially considering here's working alongside a scene-stealer. "Adrift" succeeds in evoking the helplessness of the couple's situation in a light but marginally intense manner. The perilous moments outweigh the romantic ones, yet competent directing and versatile cinematography rescue it.
This, for me, would work better as a doc. It has become a genre, in itself. And I can't think of a single film with the "lost at sea" narrative that I really enjoyed. Regardless of being based in a true story or not. Yeah, I do think I would relate more to the people in the story if it was a doc. Now I want to test that.
This movie was brought to my attention by the fact that is directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
The story was told in flashbacks, the right way to tell a story like this, especially if you want to give the characters some history. But here there is a problem, the movie became easily too boring way too soon.
From now on i truly dislike Shailene Woodley; she was so annoying in this part.
searching this it appears there is a wide variety of films with the same title that are probably much much better than 96 minutes of crying then not crying then crying then not crying- the constant switching from past to present is e x hausting. the twist, gutting and the fact she has immaculate nails despite being stranded in the sea, frustrating.