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Film / All Is Lost

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"I'm sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn't. All is lost."

All Is Lost is a 2013 film directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) and starring Robert Redford.

Redford plays a sailor at sea on his yacht, who must fight to survive when his boat is struck and badly damaged by a stray cargo container.

And that's pretty much the whole plot.


  • Atomic F-Bomb: One of the times Redford talks is to let one of these out, when he discovers his drinking water is contaminated by salt water.
  • Bottle Episode: Literally only one actor and almost no dialogue.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted. When trying to signal a ship with flares, he's shown to leave exactly one flare for later. Then at the end when he sees a light in the distance, he goes for the flare... then changes his mind and instead sets the entire raft on fire.
  • Chromosome Casting: By definition, seeing as there's only one character in the entire film.
  • Determinator: The man just does not give up. At least until the end.
  • Deus ex Machina: The boat saving him.
  • Excuse Plot: The script was 31 pages long, and the director stated it's more about the adventure than anything else.
  • Fight to Survive: The whole plot is the man struggling to survive after his yacht is damaged.