Seventy-six years-of-age at the time of filming this gripping survival drama, Robert Redford delivers a breathtakingly physical performance as a sailor.
He has to battle bad luck and the elements after a stray shipping container rips open the hull of his yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
From the film’s deceptively low-key opening to its overwhelming conclusion, Redford is alone on screen and barely utters a word apart from a few forceful expletives. Yet his commanding screen presence ensures that his character’s plight is riveting throughout.
Writer-director JC Chandor, maker of 2011 financial thriller Margin Call, proves as assured a helmsman as Redford’s resilient mariner, creating nail-biting suspense and capturing both the ocean’s sublime beauty and its turbulent terrors.
This film starts at 12.00midnight.