When I saw the preview for this movie I immediately thought of Steve callahans book, adrift. I actually assumed that the movie was based in the book. Anybody else see the parallels between these two stories?
Aside from the fact they each wound up in liferafts, not much :-)
Callahan's boat sank very suddenly after a collision with an unknown object, he barely had time to take to his raft... Redford's loss of his boat seems to be a result of a protracted series of events - a collision with a container after which he effects a repair, an encounter with a serious storm, and an eventual abandonment long afterwards...
Presuming the ocean didn't return to a state of flat calm immediately, that is :-)
Not to mention, Steve never would have done anything as stupid as to clip his tether onto an upper lifeline :-)