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All Is Lost

Directed by J.C. Chandor
United States, 2013


A man, lost at sea, battles the elements to stay alive.

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All Is Lost Directed by J.C. Chandor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Feature

All Is Lost is as rigorously sustained and bountifully cinematic as any recent American movie… Considering Margin Call, one might be tempted to assign a self-lacerating liberal message to All Is Lost, as our man in the east is conspicuously Caucasian, and clearly completely out of his element. Yet for all its gestures towards the political, the film functions best as a pummelling adventure; it’s even less mythic than practical, moreDaniel Defoe than Ernest Hemingway.
December 29, 2013
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In this lo-fi waterworld, all instruments needed to have been tuned and Redford is a bum note. Great moments exist, like when Our Man gets to deliver one perfect word while an ambiguous ending throws everything into interesting relief. It would be unfair to say all is lost in these parts but the motor gives before the 105 minutes have dripped past.
December 24, 2013
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Of all the recent extreme-survival narratives in American cinema… All Is Lost has the most powerful sense of inexorability. It also happens to be the most accomplished piece of filmmaking on that list by a nautical mile… Offering up the grim spectacle of an icon being broken down piece by piece, All Is Lost collapses the gulf between audience and movie star more effectively and affectingly than any film I can remember.
December 13, 2013
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