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Re: One Last "All is Lost " thread
Just saw the movie yesterday. I was also frustrated watching it. I guess if you stretch your mind that a completely irresponsible sailor made it from America to the middle of the Indian Ocean with fair wind and following seas, wherein only then began a cascade of terrible situations and decisions, then sure it's plausible. Had he been off the coast of Catalina I would be fine with the "old boat/rusty sailor" excuse.
It doesn't make sense simply because the film makers were lazy. Somebody check me, but i thought i saw that he tied the bowline wrong in the first scene. He went in the hole instead of coming out. That kind of thing i can forgive, but not the sum total. It is the same issue with the recent Kon Tiki film. I re-read the book after watching the film. It is still exhilarating what actually happened. Why crap it up with ridiculous scenarios.
I like Redford, but his acting in this was wooden. If acting is behaving in a way that convinces us that he is really another person in a given situation, then he fails. Anyone who wakes up 1000 miles from nowhere with water gushing in their boat is going to freak the f#$% out, period. You would have thought a flying fish landed on the deck and he was getting up to kick it overboard. Unless his mysterious past was spending a decade in a Buddhist monastery, then his reaction was uncommon. If his calmness comes from his vast experience and inherent resourcefulness then he would have never been so unprepared. Maybe his stoicism comes from consistently finding himself in shitty situations he created and this film just shows how it ended.
Last thing I haven't seen anyone mention. He abandoned ship with no supplies, ostensibly because he expected it to sink imminently, while tied to said ship. I was trying to suspend disbelief assuming they would just cut and the ship would be gone and we would pretend it wasn't attached in the previous scene. Then, low and behold, there is the ship in the morning, just like he planned? If it had gone down in the night, it would have pulled him down with it. If not, why abandon ship?
just mental laziness on the film makers part.