Redford makes the most of one-man show
The harrowing man-at-sea adventure “All Is Lost” features Robert Redford as an isolated and adrift sailor in the midst of an indifferent, wantonly cruel universe.
But writer/director J.C. Chandor distills that idea to its visually purest form yet, in a one-man study of revealing character through action. He shows, not tells, and takes filmgoers on a physical and existential voyage that proves why big-screen movies can still matter.
The beating heart at the center of Chandor’s daunting exercise is Redford, who plays his nameless adventurer in a nearly wordless performance with the wary determination that a generation came to know and adore throughout the 1970s.
Extras on the DVD and Blu-ray (Lionsgate, $27-$30) include commentary by Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; “Big Film, Small Film” featurette on making a complicated film with a limited budget; four making-of vignettes; a “Preparing for the Storm” featurette with storyboards, special-effects reel, time-lapse footage and a unique preshooting clip in which a director of photography takes on the Redford role and Chandor “plays” the wind and sea.
Colin Covert says: At 77, after a legendary career, Robert Redford has delivered his defining performance.
Also out Tuesday
Movies: “Austenland,” “The Best Man Holiday,” “Counselor,” “Diana,” “Ender’s Game,” “Wadjda.”
TV: “The Americans” (Season 1), “Dallas” (Season 2), “Newhart” (Season 2), “Sherlock” (Season 3).
Blu-ray: “The Jungle Book.”
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