Cannes 2013: Ominous First Clip From ALL IS LOST With Robert Redford

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Robert Redford has been showered with praise for his performance in J.C. Chandor's All is Lost, described as a survivalist tale about one man's battle against the elements. No dialogue is spoken, but it's far from a silent movie.

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man 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. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.

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 hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.


Chandor previously made the whip-smart Margin Call, which demonstrated his filmmaking chops, so All is Lost looks like a strong followup. It opens in the U.S. on October 25. Take a look at the ominous first clip below.

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  • mercy

    The interesting fact about doing repairs high on a mast (lattice or phone line) is when a river is flowing beneath and you inadvertently looking down at the water its movement constantly creates the feeling of the whole mast tumbling over, resulting you hugging the mast like crazy and expecting to be splashed any moment. :)

    That camera went waay too high I got vertigo.

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