Exclusive: Robert Redford Has Only Himself in ‘All is Lost’ Trailer
Robert Redford in 'All Is Lost' (Photo: Roadside Attractions)
The Sundance Kid, lost at sea? Sounds like Oscar material to us.
Robert Redford shows that he's still got it and then some in the rather intense-looking man vs. nature survival tale, "All is Lost," a film that takes the Hollywood veteran "Out of Africa" and into the deep blue sea ... and its many dangers. Since Redford has never won an Academy Award for acting — he won Best Director in 1981 for "Ordinary People" and an honorary award in 2002 — and hasn't even been nominated as an actor since "The Sting" nearly 40 years ago, it might finally be time to give the 76-year-old legend his due.
The haunting trailer for the film shows Redford as the lone passenger of a relatively modest sailboat out somewhere in the ocean, where a random accident and just dumb luck puts a hole in the vessel, causing it to slowly but surely sink. Redford's S.O.S. calls bring back nothing but radio static, and soon he's abandoned ship, braving the sea on board a life raft and commencing with just trying to stay alive.
Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for 'All Is Lost':
The trailer gives the impression that the film has extremely little dialogue — which is even more intriguing when you consider that writer-director J.C. Chandor's previous film, "Margin Call," had such a rat-a-tat script (and an ensemble cast, at that). Redford is truly on his own here — there's no tiger to tame like in "Life of Pi," no Wilson the Volleyball to talk to like in "Cast Away." The pull quote from the Entertainment Weekly review says the film is "scarier than anything in 'The Perfect Storm,'" though "All is Lost" looks to be short on spectacle, concentrating more on the man than the nature.
"It's a very big challenge being alone, with no crutch, no dialogue, no words," Redford said at a press conference for the film's premiere at Cannes this past May. "It's a challenge that attracted me a lot as an actor." He had played isolated characters in films before, like the titular mountain man in Sydney Pollack's 1972 Western "Jeremiah Johnson," but never on this scale before. Redford said this movie resonated with him because, "I believe in the role of silence in film and in life because often we talk far too much. Silence allows you to really live your role and forces you to totally trust the director."