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I watched this last night and thought it was a worthy endeavor. For a film with about zero dialog, it paced pretty well. However, the ending just didn't pay off. I can't really go into details why but after the credits rolled, my wife and I got up and didn't say much about it and left the theater for bed. Usually, if the film connects, we're all over it - chatting away about it.
I will say it was a worthy rental, but I'd not watch it again.
That said, the 2.40 aspect video was very good with great cinematography. The lens they used had a very shallow depth of field with many scenes having a very small focus area - usually Redford - with all else slightly blurred out. It was a bit bothersome at times but clearly what the direct wanted. Apparently, he wanted viewers to focus on one thing at a time. Perhaps it worked, as it paced well. Another caveat, is that with the large, wide format, little effort was taken to really use the camera to pan out or otherwise show how small, and how lost he was within of the immense ocean. Colors and sharpness were all good with good, night time contrast and blacks.
The audio track was phenomenal - very immersive with many discrete effects that really gave impression that you were on the boat. The initial storm scene started off with a prodigious, thunderously powerful low end rumbling that will undoubtedly bottom out many subwoofers. So watch out!
All in all, it was good theater... but just 'good' - not great.
Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.