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ALL IS LOST
Drifting leisurely in the middle of the Indian Ocean in his beautiful boat until an unexpected collision, Robert Redford's grizzled central character deals with the chilling sight of water flooding into his cabin with the calm and clear-headedness of an experienced sailor. He patiently resolves the situation, utterly alone and without fear, drawing us into his world and his predicament.
A one-man show almost completely dialogue-free, Redford delivers a thrilling, captivating performance as a tough, smart man tested to his limits by fortune and the hard and unrelenting elements. In this vast universe of mercurial ocean and sky, even the smallest of mistakes have huge consequences.
It quickly becomes apparent that when you have actors this talented and a script this bad, the words just don't sound right coming out of their mouths.
The audience is used to hearing words from the greatest screenwriters in Hollywood being uttered by Morgan Freeman or Robert De Niro, but instead they're dropping tired, irredeemable clangers like "Tonight we're going to party like it's 1959!". Kevin Kline manages to bring a few scant laughs, but not even he can save this film from a poor review.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent