Tense and engrossing. I'd expected this to be another 'Redford vanity vehicle', but was happy to be proved wrong by Chandor's masterful visual storytelling of a potentially difficult predicament to film entertainingly. An accomplished film from a very accomplished director.
A remarkable film and in many ways difficult to classify. In some ways reminiscent of isolation thrillers such as '127 Hours' and 'Open Water', but has a poetry and a poignancy that raises it at least to the level of Kevin MacDonald's 'Touching the Void'; though perhaps lacks the narrative immediacy of a masterpiece like Bresson's 'A Man Escaped' - even if it shares a similar spiritual resonance.
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No need for exposition, explanation, or a denouement. All is Lost is about one man's struggle for survival. Robert Redford gives his best performance, possibly ever. You feel every beat of this film. There is a coldness to the narrative. It's so tight and focused that it will alienate those who wish for something more conventional in the way of backstory. Still, this is a riveting and enriching film worth seeking.
Compelling, but often for the wrong reasons. Certain genres are cheats because they steal the inherent suspense and drama of the formula and masquerade it as the product of writing or direction. Of course we want the man to survive, but does that make a film great? "Into the Wild" ventured into a similar solitude and desperation with greater heartbreak and without copping out.
All is Lost is a failed experiment grasping for profundity. I respect what Chandor is attempting, but the accumulative effect is rather boring. If we are supposed to appreciate the film as a character study, I would have been more interested watching a lesser-known actor.