Dispatches VIDEO: 'All Is Lost' for Robert Redford
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VIDEO: 'All Is Lost' for Robert Redford

A new film starring Robert Redford is bound to interest Soundings readers and plays out much like the life-or-death ordeals reported in the magazine.

“All Is Lost,” scheduled for an Oct. 18 release, is a survival tale in which a solo sailor hundreds of nautical miles offshore in the sea off Sumatra must use his wits and tenacity when he strikes a shipping container and begins taking on water.

Click play to watch the movie trailer.

redford20808Redford’s character makes mayday calls that bring back nothing but radio static. The sailor must fix the hull breach or risk the obvious — the first in a series of issues involving weather, the boat’s construction and his supplies. Over the course of the film, the sailor must find ways to overcome each obstacle.

"What I wanted to do was tell the audience as little information as possible so that, if it's a little jarring at first, after a while they'll start filling in their own story," director J.C. Chandor told the Los Angeles Times. "My producer had a word for it — he called it an 'existential action movie.' "

The 76-year-old Redford said he did much of his own stunt work for the physically demanding role.

"It was ego, just ego. I used to like to do my own stunts, and I thought at this age I could still do it. The director said, 'No, no, I just want you for close-ups. I have two doubles.' I said, OK, but then when we got there and things started moving, I thought, Well, maybe I can do that,” he told Esquire magazine. "Once I started doing stuff, he got excited — and the next thing I knew, the doubles were gone and I was getting the sh - - beat out of me. Turned out to be a mistake."

Filming took place for two months at Baja Studios in Rosarito Beach in Mexico in an indoor tank. At a press conference after the film's screening at Cannes 2013, Redford revealed that his ear was damaged during the production.

The movie’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May drew positive reviews from critics and early movie industry buzz is predicting an Academy Award nomination for Redford.

Comments (3)
3 Friday, 03 January 2014 22:48
Rafael Barros
The movie was not as good as this trailer but still a very good watch. Perhaps I expected too much or some kind of an answer resulting from all those hundreds of miles sailed. Nevertheless this survival tale is beautiful and definitely worth your while.

Regards, Rafael Barros
2 Friday, 04 October 2013 11:20
Brenda Woods
A good trailer, cant wait for the film release. In November 2012 our trimarang, starboard outrigger was struck by what we thought was a container and made a hole that just got bigger and bigger. After a sea rescue and sea search no container was found but many whales in the area - so they think that was what hit us. May be so, because the following week a yacht was sunk following a whale bumping into them. We were off the coast of Africa and were towed to Morrojable, Fuereventura 12 hrs.!! We eventually sailed home June 2013 following many adventures; 4 x broken stays a broken top mast; a collapse of the mainsail then finally engine failure. But after a couple of weeks ashore I am ready to go again.
1 Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:26
Richard J Wendt
Absolutely great trailer! Thank you! I was pretty sure I'd never get my wife outside Puget Sound on the Catalina; now I'm sure of it. Hope a container isn't waiting for me out there. Yikes!

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