A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive MessagesA lone character is faced with a supreme challenge when his ship is damaged in the middle of the ocean. He battles storms and other adversities, using all of his knowledge and skill in an attempt to survive. A subtle message about global consumerism as a shipping container full of sneakers damages the man's boat.
Positive Role ModelsVery little is revealed about the main character. He has no name, and we don't know where he works, who is family is, or anything. All we know is what we can see: that he's a skilled sailor and that he will keep trying to survive against all odds.
Violence & ScarinessThe character receives a bloody head wound after a brutal storm at sea. He treats and bandages himself. Overall, the movie is fairly intense, with violent storms thrashing at the poor, crippled ship, and the promise of death looming at every turn.
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LanguageIn a movie with barely any dialogue, the character yells "f--k!" -- one time -- at the heavens. There's also a moment when he mutters something under his breath that starts with "sh--," though the entire word is not audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & SmokingThe character drinks what looks like whisky in an early scene. No signs of drunkenness or dependency.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Is Lost is a lost-at-sea survival movie with only one actor (Robert Redford) and barely any dialogue. It has one pointed use of the word "f--k," which, in addition to the intensity of the main character's peril throughout the movie, is the main concern for parents. We see a bloody head wound, which the character treats and bandages himself, and we see the character drinking what looks like whisky in an early scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Written and directed by J.C. Chandor, whose last movie was the brilliant and wordy Margin Call, All Is Lost is surprisingly spare, almost the polar opposite of its predecessor. It's a highly skilled and impressively unique movie, making use of only about a page of dialogue (the narration of a letter, an attempt to radio an SOS, and one four-letter word), and one single actor (Robert Redford). Redford is onscreen at every moment, and he effortlessly pulls off this very physically demanding, commanding performance.
On the downside, the movie recalls two other, similar, lost movies, Life of Pi and Gravity. Unlike the former All Is Lost contains no moments of wonder, and unlike the latter it contains no thrills. It's all business and remains rather grim throughout. It seems more determined to impress than to entertain. However, it succeeds wildly on the first count, which may make it worth seeing for many adventurous teens and parents.
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