All Is Lost trailer: but where is the tiger?

Introducing Robert Redford as Tom Hanks in The Perfect Castaway.

But I kid the movie. This looks harrowing. I love how the trailer is almost free of dialogue… as I imagine the film will be, too, since Redford is all alone in the middle of the ocean.

Hmm. Is there something in the zeitgeist that’s prompting movies about desolation and survival in harsh conditions? (I’m thinking of Gravity, opening around the same time, about astronauts stranded in orbit outside their ship. And there was Life of Pi last year.) Are we all feeling metaphorically adrift and vulnerable these days? I know I am…

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Sam Charles Norton
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 2:14pm

yes, it’s in the zeitgeist, at least since the Saw movies – deep down we all know our way of life is unsustainable, and the consequence of having ignored that truth for so long is that we are all going to be forced to make choices, of what to hold on to and what to let go of

singlestick
singlestick
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 4:29pm

RE: Introducing Robert Redford as Tom Hanks in The Perfect Castaway.

The trailer also brought to mind Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”

“Desolation and survival in harsh conditions?” A very good description. I’ve been hearing lots and lots of positive buzz about both “All is Lost” and “Gravity,” but have been trying to stay away from too much that might be spoilerish, because I am very much looking forward to seeing both films.

And I admit that with Gravity’s Sandra Bullock, I am glad to see a woman as part of the tradition of Robinson Crusoe and other survivors against great odds (and obviously here I do not know much yet about what happens to either Clooney or Bullock in this film).

RogerBW
RogerBW
Sun, Sep 01, 2013 12:59pm

Redford has the perfect face for this. I suspect we may have seen nearly all the film, but hey, worth a shot…