Nutshell Film Review: All Is Lost

Film
All is Lost

All Is Lost: Don’t go sailing on your own.

All time is lost! I really was trying to keep myself awake while watching All Is Lost. But I was nodding off pretty furiously. Put this down to a combination of actually being tired, but mostly trying to maintain some level of concentration on a film that had nothing drawing me into it.

Watching Robert Redford bob around on the sea for just shy of two hours while every stranded-at-sea cliché is thrown at him got a little tiresome. I was okay with most of the clichés but then they just had to throw a shark in there. Well, a few sharks.

I get it. At the end he had to think he had lost everything to save himself. I get it. There was no feeling one way or another as to the outcome of Robert Redford’s character.

Save your time, watch Cast Away instead. Which is longer. But better.

120+ movies of 2011: It begins!

120+ Movies of 2011

I’ve decided to do another ‘100 movies of’ for 2011, but as I managed 124 last year, I’m going to aim for the 120+ mark this year. I think there were a lot of reasons last year as to how I managed to hit that target, but I’ll see if I can go higher without a few of those reasons.

The Horse WhispererThe Horse Whisperer (01/01/11)
Another one of those movies I just never saw. I remember it when it was released, but it was barely a blip on my radar back then. Not for cinema anyway. Did make for a good curl-up-on-the-sofa-for-a-lazy-afternoon film though. I get sucked into films about animals and fell for this one. I didn’t care too much for the human characters. The story about the horse, Pilgrim, did get a few tears out of me. Though part of the time, whenever the name Pilgrim was mentioned, my brain went immediately to Scott Pilgrim!

This was a nice harmless movie to while away a few hours. Something inoffensive to watch with the folks.
Rating: 3/5

The Informant!The Informant! (09/01/11)
The Informant! was partly a movie I was expecting and partly not. I was expecting a few more laughs. I wasn’t expecting something based on true events. I was also expecting Matt Damon with a dodgy moustache – least one box was ticked. It was an entertaining film in the sense that as the film went on you as the viewer were as confused as those around Mark Whitacre, as to what was fact or fiction. Even at the end of the film, I wasn’t really sure as to if there were more to Mark’s lies than he had said. There clearly had to be. Matt Damon was pretty well transformed into the tattle-tale that was Mark Whitacre. Seeing Joel McHale in the film was a nice surprise! Though I have to admit to nearly nodding off a couple of times, but then being drawn back to the land of the waking by the score.

Overall a decent movie, though not as engaging as I’d hoped it to be.
Rating: 3/5