All Is Lost with Robert Redford: Review of the Second Film in JC Chandor's Triple Drama Movie Crown

by DerdriuMarriner

The survival film All Is Lost with Robert Redford is second -- in 2013, after Margin Call and before A Most Violent Year -- in JC Chandor's triple drama movie crown.

All appears lost before damaged hulls are fixed

The survival film All Is Lost with Robert Redford accommodates audience interest in the second release -- in 2013, after Margin Call in 2011 and before A Most Violent Year in 2014 -- in director/producer/writer JC Chandor’s triple drama movie crown. It begins with one of the plot’s rare instances of speech. A nameless mariner (Robert Redford) of the Cal 39 yacht Virginia Jean comments upon failed attempts at kindness, love, rightness, strength, and truth.

The sailor does so prefatory to describing everything as lost 1,700 nautical miles (3148.4 kilometers) west of the Sumatra Straits, one of the Indonesian archipelago’s accesses to the Indian Ocean. Flashbacks to events of the previous eight days then explain the concession.




Robert Redford at the 2013 Cannes Festival (French: Festival de Cannes), where "All Is Lost" was screened out of competition (i.e., did not compete but was projected, along with 20 films competing for the Palme d'Or, in the Théâtre Lumière)

Of his taciturn character, referenced as Our Man in the script, Robert Redford shares: "It's a challenge that attracted me a lot as an actor. I believe in the role of silence in film, and in life, because we often talk far too much."
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes department, southeastern France
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes department, southeastern France

All is lost if extreme weather breaks masts


The yachtsman finds himself awakened to sea water-filled quarters from a collision that morning, July 8th, with a loose-cannon, red tennis shoe-filled Ho Won shipment container. He gets the gaping hull painted and patched before bilge-pumping out the water and mopping the floorboards dry. But salt water hinders use of communication and navigational equipment while stormy weather heaves Virginia Jean through re-flooded compartments from 360°-somersaults.

The radio is non-functional before SOS calls transmit whereas the antenna lead atop the mast cannot be repaired due to heavy rainfall and lightning-riddled thunderstorms. The yachtsman therefore jumbles canned food, eating utensils, emergency lighting, heavy-weather gear, horn-rimmed glasses, navigational aids, and water container into a zip-topped inflatable before Virginia Jean sinks. 


Most of "All Is Lost" was filmed in Baja California's Baja Studios, where the water set was built by James Cameron for marine effects for 1997 blockbuster film "Titanic":

Included among 3 giant water tanks accessed by J.C. Chandor for "All Is Lost" is world's largest (= 3 football fields) infinity-edge tank, sited on the ocean shore.
Baja Studios, Rosarito, Baja California: February 24, 2015
Baja Studios, Rosarito, Baja California: February 24, 2015

All looks lost once fresh water cannot last


Daytime observations and sextant readings keep the yachtsman on course to intersect international shipping lanes. Aggressive sharks, contaminated drink, raft leaks, and severe weather leave the yachtsman stressed. Catchable fish, signal flares, solar stills, and transportation routes of luxury liners and Maersk ships consistently make the yachtsman optimistic about survival.

Effective impulse-control against pain or resignation needs to be backed up by convincingly fail-safe plans. A lidded bottle offers a vessel for a classic message-in-a-bottle -- to attract rescue boats, communicate final testaments, and prepare last rites -- at 4:00 p.m. on July 13th. Matches, paper, and plastic container provide alternate SOS-transmitters in the event of non-functioning or used-up flares.

The yachtsman only questions once fate’s four-letter-word spelling options. 


All Is Lost ~ Available now via Amazon Instant Video: Rent or Buy with 1-Click®

J.C. Chandos films

All Is Lost ~ Available now via Amazon in Blu-Ray and DVD formats

J.C. Chandos films

All seems lost when genius depends upon gadgets


So the survival drama All Is Lost regales audiences with 105 culturally enthralling, educationally entertaining, geo-historically enthralling minutes through:

  • Pete Beaudreau, editor;
  • Before the Door Pictures, Washington Square Films production companies;
  • JC Chandor, director/producer/writer;
  • Arturo Del Río, production manager;
  • Frank G. DeMarco, cinematographer;
  • Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, Justin Nappi, Teddy Schwarzman, producers;
  • Alex Ebert, musician;
  • FilmNation Entertainment, Lionsgate distributors;
  • John P. Goldsmith, production designer;
  • Frank Iudica, special effects coordinator;
  • Marco Niro, art director;
  • Mark Norby, stunt coordinator;
  • Gabriela Ramírez, set decorator;
  • Van Broughton Ramsey, costume designer;
  • Laine Trzinski, hair department head; and
  • Venues in Bahamas (New Providence Island at Lyford Cay, Nassau), California (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Santa Catalina), Mexico (Baja California at Ensenada, Rosarito). 


All Is Lost Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Robert Redford Movie HD

Published on YouTube on August 1, 2013 by MOVIECLIPS Trailers ~ URL:



My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources. 


Although mainly filmed in Baja Studios' water tanks, "All Is Lost" features open-ocean shots, including scenes in the Sea of Cortés:

Also known as Gulf of California, Sea of Cortez, and Vermilion Sea, Sea of Cortés separates Mexican mainland from Baja California peninsula.
Safari Voyager (Un-Cruise Adventures' 64-guest ship) in the Sea of Cortés
Safari Voyager (Un-Cruise Adventures' 64-guest ship) in the Sea of Cortés
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

Lost At Sea: premium poster ~ Available now via AllPosters

In "All Is Lost" the yachtsman (Robert Redford) experiences the terrors of shipwreck, such as sharks and storms.
Lost At Sea

Me and my purrfectly purrfect Maine coon kittycat, Augusta "Gusty" Sunshine

Gusty and I thank you for reading this article and hope that our product selection interests you; Gusty Gus receives favorite treats from my commissions.
DerdriuMarriner, All Rights Reserved
DerdriuMarriner, All Rights Reserved
Updated: 06/19/2015, DerdriuMarriner
Thank you! Would you like to post a comment now?


DerdriuMarriner on 10/01/2015

Andrewmorris45, Welcome! Thank you for making my review of "All is Lost" one of your first visits!

Andrewmorris45 on 10/01/2015

I just joined. This is a great and interesting site

You might also like

A Most Violent Year: Review of the Third Film in JC Chandor's ...

A Most Violent Year follows a couple through the best and worst, most dangero...

The Girl by the Lake (La Ragazza del Lago): Review of Film Ver...

The Girl by the Lake is the English title for the Italian film La Ragazza del...

Disclosure: This page generates income for authors based on affiliate relationships with our partners, including Amazon, Google and others.
Loading ...