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Comment on All is Lost and win a signed poster

Nov 8, 2013

Photo by Daniel Daza – © 2013 - Roadside Attractions

The release of the new sailing survival film All is Lost, starring Robert Redford and written and directed by J.C. Chandor, has prompted debate from sailors about the merits of the film. Does it accurately depict modern ocean voyaging? Is a feature film that highlights offshore sailing something that sailors should celebrate? Or is the movie too negative and will that scare people away from the sport?

Ocean Navigator's publisher, Alex Agnew, weighed in on the film in a recent article in the Portland Press Herald. A group of sailors were invited by the Press Herald to screen the movie and then give their reactions. You can read the piece here.

We want to know your take. Leave your comments about the film below. Let's see what the Ocean Navigator readers think of All is Lost. We'll pick one commenter to win a movie poster for All is Lost signed by writer/director Chandor. If you comment annonymously, make sure to leave us your e-mail address in your comment so we know how to contact you if we deem you the winner.

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Nov 10, 2013 03:10 pm
 Posted by  drr166

Redford the winter of his years, does what few have done successfully, that is, brought out the calm deliberative poised demeanor and habit of thought and action that goes into a successful sailor. Its no accident that he takes time to wash his clothes of salt water and even shave and take self imposed rest. I passed by some technical flaws and disagreements with the course of action that experienced sailors may find both with the boat and order of events and let the story take me compelled by watching "Our Man" go about the serious business of sailing and survival.
It was a refreshingly adult movie made from a short story that contained all elements of a fine drama.

Nov 11, 2013 11:48 am
 Posted by  Ocean Navigator

Thanks for your comments, DRR166.

Nov 12, 2013 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just saw the movie and have a few questions:

Does anyone know what kind of rig Redford used to climb the mast--it was really neat to see how easily he went up and down.
I assume it was Hollywood, but if not, I'd like to get that gear.

Did anyone see any signs of an engine, propeller, GPS, waterproof handheld VHF, EPIRB, Celestial tables or sunscreen?

What happened to the bilge pump handle anyway?

Regarding the emergency hull repair, wouldn't it have made sense to cover the exterior of the hull with a tightened sail and then do the fiberglass work from the inside? Or did you think it was better done from exterior?

What kind of boat was it anyway?

Thanks for helping to clarify this and other issues.

Nov 12, 2013 03:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I really enjoyed the movie, it has many twists and turns. The way that he dealt with every situation was great to see as he solved problem by problem.

Nov 15, 2013 11:05 am
 Posted by  capt. grumpy

I've been reading the sailing blog/BB's on AIL, and for the most part, they ridicule the details of the movie: RR is unprepared; he leaves hatches open; sun sights learned in an hour?; cutting away a mast with one stroke of a knife, etc. etc. I agree with all of them - but I didn't go to see a documentary on sailing safety and preparedness. What I saw was a really good movie about a guy in a difficult place doing the best he can. How he got there isn't as relevant as what he does when he has to deal with each and every setback. Very much like Jack London's "To Light a Fire".
The bonus of this is Redord's acting: he conveys his frustration, fear, curiosity, sadness all without saying more than a few words over the entire film.
If I end up in a raft, I hope I handle it as well as Redford does...

Nov 15, 2013 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Ocean Navigator

Thanks, Capt. Grumpy, for your thoughtful comments.

Nov 21, 2013 06:09 am
 Posted by  CruisingKitty

Aside from the call of SOS instead of Mayday and all the seamanship issues (which could have easily been corrected by consulting cruisers), it is after all a movie and a brilliant acting job. I commend the makers for taking on the challenge of real effects as opposed to special effects.

Nov 21, 2013 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Ocean Navigator

Thanks, CruisingKitty. You're right, of course. The movie is not supposed to be an instructional film on how to sail offshore. It's a dramatic story first of all.

Nov 26, 2013 02:12 pm
 Posted by  Feeley

Brilliant acting, generally engrossing even for someone who has spent time at sea. A few continuity problems---I've never seen the open ocean go dead flat like that immediately after a storm has passed. Also interesting to see how they "rolled" the boat for the scenes where Redford is overboard and submerged.

Should have had an EPIRB---but then it would only be a short subject.

Nov 26, 2013 02:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

An interesting visual display of focus & fortitude. In the world we live in, where at a click of the mouse "the problem" is solved this movie brings back memories of sailing in boats - not floating electronics shops. Sure, lots of details were wrong - but the focus and self determination of Redford was the key.

I grew up reading about "Dove" in the National Geographic - small boat, big ocean & was captivated; Sailing in boats all over New England with a compass - meeting guys that ventured far & wide in boats folks today would not bother to launch. The old "if it all goes wrong, hope to drown like a gentleman" sailors are a vanishing breed that brought a skill set & perspective to the sport that is hard to find today.

Sure today it's easier sailing - on vastly more expensive boats.......But if we take all the "stuff" with us, so we are always connected, we don't really get away - and perhaps we lose something in the bargain.

The story makes one think.

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