Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. A man is lost at sea, and works to fix his ship and save his own life; there are some thunderstorms, the stress of the situation, and sharks following him because of a bleeding wound on his face. Also some drinking and, amid only three or four lines of dialogue, one utterance of the f-word.
‘All Is Lost’ has at its center a fantastic performance from Robert Redford. But the performance is not only the movie’s center, but its everything—and that singular focus is ultimately the film’s detriment.
By Roxana Hadadi
Do not think that this year’s “All Is Lost” is similar to last year’s “Life of Pi,” “Kon-Tiki,” or even to this fall’s “Gravity.” Sure, they’re all survival movies, but none have been as completely singular as “All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford. But that single-mindedness, while at first admirable, ultimately serves as the greatest obstacle for the audience. We’re impressed with Redford’s performance, but sympathizing with the man—that’s not so easy.