I was a little surprised there wasn't already a thread on this film. Watched the Blu-ray last night and was quite impressed with Redford's performance - a one-man show with less than 20 words of dialogue I would guess.
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes - Best Actor and Best Original soundtrack. Alex Ebert won for his original soundtrack, first time out, although his music has been in a few other films. The soundtrack like the film is very minimalist. Winner of a Golden Globe but passed over entirely for an Academy Award nomination? Interesting...
Similarly could a role which is all physical acting with a minimum of dialogue be nominated for an Oscar? I guess not. The sole Oscar nomination is for sound editing, which is well deserved, the DTS-MA soundfield on the Blu-ray was well executed and contributed greatly to the movie especially during the storm sequence.
This film has much in common with Gravity, one person's attempt to survive in a hostile environment, but there are other similarities.
It's a shame that Redford was not recognized for his tour de force performance, at least with an Oscar nomination. Recommended. 9/10.
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I liked it thoroughly. It is a simple story, simply shot. You certainly feel yourself there with him as he struggles to survive and the comparison to Gravity is appropriate although I think this movie is far easier to feel immersed in as most of us have taken a ride on the water.
It's certainly worth the watch and the ending was perfect in my opinion (and more believable than Gravity - no hate mail please).
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