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There is something about stories that tell the tale of survival—by pitching a lone man against all odds, against the moody and often merciless nature—that they trickle the flow of intellect in an audience, and force them to get drawn right from the beginning and sympathize all along the character’s journey. Universal Pictures is bringing to life one such moving tale of man’s survival, with their latest thrilling offering, All Is Lost.
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee J.C. Chandor, containing the soul-uplifting musical score by Alex Ebert, and starring none other than the iconic, Academy Award® winner, Robert Redford, All Is Lost is a thriller set at sea, where the audiences will witness Redford surviving against the harsh open-sea life.
The trailer for All Is Lost is now out, and one gets glimpses of what a heroic tale and on-screen success this may turn out to be. So far, by the first look of it, the movie seems to have all the promising ingredients for a successful thriller: great lead cast, a survival story, element of ‘human-ness’ that audiences can relate to, and the emotional content of ‘what-will-happen-next’ that keeps all age-groups glued to the seat.
As per the official synopsis released by Universal Pictures, All Is Lost tells the story of an unnamed man (Redford), who “wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm.”
The trailer further indicates of the catastrophic situation Redford is stuck in, with his S.O.S calls seemingly going unheard, his shouting for help in the middle of nowhere echoing back with no results, his aging body taking the toll, supplies dwindling away, and an open-sea with its deadly preying life leaving him at the mercy of destiny.
References are bound to come from past movies, especially Tom Hanks’ Cast Away, George Clooney’s The Perfect Storm, and the recent Life of Pi, and if their success is anything to go by, then All Is Lost sure will generate a lot of Academy Award® buzz. And rightly so. Perhaps its time Redford won a Best Actor Academy Award® and judging by the first looks of All Is Lost, he sure seems to be a solid contender.
All Is Lost releases in Australian Cinemas on November 14, 2013.