We finally saw it last night. It played at a local independent film theater, the big multi-plex is not showing it.
I really wanted to like it, but thought it was so-so. Clearly, it's a story of human survival, not sailing and I knew that going in. Redford does a good job communicating without any words. I guess that turns on the movie-nerds. It was good acting, but didn't necessarily make the movie. There are many times where life or death choices had to be made, such as exiting the liferaft to right it. An all in, one shot deal. We all know that you could never ever pull yourself back aboard, if you were over the rail being dragged by your tether, but I'll give them license that it makes for drama.
While I'm completely good with some factual errors and others that are necessary license to film a movie, it was so filled with errors and inconsistency, one must assume there wasn't a single offshore sailor in the state it was filmed within.
For example, I'm fine with no dodger. Some don't use them anyway, but I'm sure it was left down so that movie angles could be better shot. All okay there. It starts getting odd out of the gate, however. The seas are totally calm and wind seems light, but he hits a container on the beam?
What makes him even think to climb the mast in the first place? Oh well, I guess getting some shots like that was good video. They he screws on the round antenna plug, but pulls out an adjustable crescent wrench to tighten it?
Seeing the incoming storm was not reason to deploy a storm jib before being tossed about?
The sea anchor is deployed off the stern? I guess they didn't want to film from the bow?
Who makes an SOS call? Did anyone else notice that he either never pressed the PTT button or never released it.
I have a conspiracy theory about the fact that he apparently had no Epirb. For anyone that might otherwise not be able to get their significant other to sail with them again, they allowed the stupid simply reply that he would have clearly been rescued, especially by either of the two passing cargo ships, if he had one. How about even just a simple ditch bag with a waterproof gps/vhf? No, Honey, that could never ever happen to us.
I give the movie a generous B- overall. It's not set up very well and I think even non-sailors are going to say, that couldn't happen.