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Movie Review: 'All Is Lost' At Stamford's Avon Theatre

All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, is currently showing at Avon Theatre in Stamford.
All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, is currently showing at Avon Theatre in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Currently playing at Stamford’s Avon Theatre is "All is Lost," in which Robert Redford delivers an Oscar-caliber one-man performance as an unnamed sailor in the Indian Ocean whose 39-foot yacht (the Virginia Jean) collides with a stray floating container, ripping a hole in his boat just above the water line.

Being a resourceful chap, he repairs the hole and pumps the water out of the craft. But his troubles are only just beginning. He gets caught in a storm that nearly capsizes him, reopening the hole, and causing him to crack open his head, leaving him with a serious cut. Now, blood is in the water, attracting sharks. Now his radio is waterlogged, his supplies are running low, and his potable water is contaminated, forcing him to abandon his boat for an inflatable life raft.

Fortunately, he has a sextant, and nautical maps so is able to navigate by the stars, relying on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. However with the unrelenting sun beating down upon him, sharks circling and his supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring mortality in the face.

This is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving film that works as a tribute to ingenuity and resilience (not to mention an intensely physical role for the 77-year-old Redford. Save for the voice-over at the beginning of the film, there is scarcely any dialogue throughout the 100-minute film, with Redford delivering one of the most powerful performances we have ever seen with just the look on his face.

The Avon Theater is located at 272 Bedford Street, Stamford.

"All Is Lost" is rated “PG-13” and runs 1 hour and 40 minutes. It stars Robert Redford and was directed by: J.C. Chandor.

Norwalk resident Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews through his website

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