All Is Lost

Synopsis: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner (Robert Redford) awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and barely escapes with his life. With any luck, the ocean currents may carry him into a shipping lane -- but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality.
Production: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 48 nominations.
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106 min

He heads back up onto the deck.

He jumps back down onto the container and takes a metal loop

that is sticking out of the yellow sack and ties the long

rope to it.

He now stops and looks around and tries to calmly analyze the

situation before he takes another move. He looks up at the

sails and the wind direction indicator at the top of the


He scans the horizon.

Finally he shakes the contents out of the yellow bag, it

fills with air. It is a small parachute of some kind. (It is

a SEA ANCHOR, a device that is used in extreme weather, to

help stabilize a boat by dragging it under the water. The

parachute holds the boat back as huge waves thrash it) He

shakes out the sea anchor and holds it over the edge of

storage container into the water.

The water catches in the chute and starts pulling the rope

that is spooled on the deck. The rope unspools, as he jumps

back onto the boat and gets behind the steering wheel waiting

for the rope to run out.

The coil of rope gets shorter and shorter and finally it is

all gone.

In one extremely loud and jarring move the container rips out

of the hull of the boat as OUR MAN turns the wheel of the

boat away from the container.

He is free.

He immediately turns the boat onto the other tack (the

opposite point of sail) so that the boat is now leaning the

other direction so that the gash is up in the air slightly so

that water is no longer coming in through the hole.

He immediately looks back at the container that he is leaving

in the distance and seems to be making a decision.


He turns around, scans the horizon. Looks down into the cabin

that is filled with water, then reaches out to the lines

controlling the sails and begins to turn the boat around back

towards the container... what is he doing?

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J. C. Chandor

Jeffrey McDonald Chandor (born November 24, 1973) — known as J. C. Chandor — is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing the films Margin Call (2011), All Is Lost (2013), and A Most Violent Year (2014). more…

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