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Daily Archives: October 30, 2013

All is Lost (2013)


All is Lost Poster

All is Lost (2013)

Usually you cannot go wrong watching a Robert Redford movie.  All is Lost is like no other Redford film because he is the only person in the entire movie.

Of Course, the concept of only one person in a movie has been done a few times before.  Usually movies like this one give the actor the opportunity to show what they are really made of.  Movies like this are risky because one person has to literally carry the whole film on his back.  In Redford’s case, it is up to him whether he sinks or swims.

All is Lost Redford wheel

All is Lost is about a lone sailor who rips a hole in his boat after crashing into a shipping container in the middle of the ocean.  He is forced to use whatever he has on board to try to stay afloat in order to survive.

The film was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and as I mentioned before, Redford is the only person in the movie.

Redford has been behind the camera more often in recent years than he has been in front of the camera.  All is Lost is the second film that he has been in this year.  The first one was The Company You Keep (2012).  Redford is now 77 years old.  It is almost like he has realized that he is not getting any younger and has decided to try to go out with a bang.  What better way to do this than to be the only star in a film and showcase all of your acting skills for the world to see.  He did exactly that in All is Lost and in my opinion, it was his best performance since the film The Natural (1984).  It may also, quite possibly, have been Redford’s best movie overall since The Natural.

All is Lost Redford doorway

All is Lost is not a feel good movie, but it is a movie that might make you feel better about life after watching it.  It is definitely a film that will stick with you.

Because the film is a one-man-show, there is not a lot of talking.  Not just anyone could have starred in this movie, and to me, it was more meaningful that it was Robert Redford who did.  It is a hard story to tell and an even harder part to act.

I think that All is Lost is Redford’s third best movie behind The Sting (1973) and The Natural.  It is hard to beat those two films, and given that they were made 29 years ago and 40 years ago, you really can’t compare them.

All is Lost Redford hanging there

Fans of Redford will not be disappointed with All is Lost.  I think that it is one of the best films of the year.  He deserves an Academy Award nomination for best actor and the film should be nominated for best picture.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you liked All is Lost, then you will most likely enjoy the following films:

Wrecked (2010)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Brubaker (1980)

127 Hours (2010)

Buried (2010)

Brake (2012)

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Escape Plan (2013)


Escape Plan Poster

Escape Plan (2013)

 

During the 80s and 90s, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were action movie kings.  However, up until recent years, they had never made a movie together.

Escape Plan Schwarzenegger Stallone

I watched Stallone being interviewed by David Letterman the other day, and Stallone revealed that he and Schwarzenegger used to absolutely hate each other.  They would always have to one-up each other.  Now, I’m thinking, wouldn’t it have been great if at some point when the two actors were enemies, they actually played enemies on screen.  People definitely would have paid to see that.  I know I would have.

Something must have helped Stallone and Schwarzenegger resolve their differences because Escape Plan is the third movie that they have made together in the last three years, and the fourth one is on the way in 2014.

Escape Plan Stallone Prison

Escape Plan is about a prison escape artist (Sylvester Stallone) who has made a career breaking out of maximum security prisons all over the US.  One day, he gets a job offer that he cannot refuse that lands him in a prison that was built using a book that he had written as a guide to building escape-proof prisons.

The film was directed by Mikael Hafstrom and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Matt Gerald, Faran Tahir, Sam Neill, Caitriona Balfe, and 50 Cent.

Earlier this year, Stallone and Schwarzenegger both proved that they can still be action heroes, even in their upper 60s.  Stallone did it in Bullet to the Head (2012) and Schwarzenegger did it in The Last Stand (2013)Escape Plan was better than each of those movies.  Each actor looked better physically, and they both carried themselves very well.  Maybe it was because they were both in the film together and they continued to try to outdo each other again.  Whatever it was, it worked.

Escape Plan Schwarzenegger

Escape Plan exceeded my expectations.  The movie was a welcome, unpredictable surprise.  It had a lot of original ideas mixed with a few classics, for old time sake.

Caviezel and Jones had very fun supporting roles.  50 Cent somehow manages to keep weaseling his way into films, and I swear that he is always trying to ruin them.  He was terrible, as usual.

It was delightful to see Sly and Ahnuld cracking skulls in the same movie.  If you were ever a fan of their movies in the past, you won’t be able to help but like this movie.

I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.