All Is Lost Reviews
Redford brings the watchfulness that has served him so well to every moment of "All Is Lost," infusing what is already a perfectly entertaining adventure with rich veins of symbolism and meta-meaning.
The will to survive is moving enough-here it is, stripped to its elements, and if you can't bring yourself to care about something that simple then the problem is you, not the movies.
Chandor, who demonstrated a vivid talent for dialogue, mood, and characterization in the Wall Street meltdown movie Margin Call, here displays an ability to furiously carve up and then integrate a confined space.
Redford isn't precisely stretching his range as an actor here or revealing a new side to us. Rather, he's finding the cleanest, clearest way to express a quiet man's wiles and resources.
There is incredible tension in this ordeal, this effort to survive, to find rescue, and Redford - an icon of the American film experience for more than half a century now - makes that tension deeply palpable.
For all its formal austerity, All Is Lost also offers itself as a widescreen multiplex attraction, keeping all eyes glued on Our Man's dilemma, and every mind wondering if he'll manage to cheat death.