J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost is a film about one man’s struggle against the world and society. The problems that we face as we get older, highlighting that there is never a satisfying or easy answer, that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed – no matter who you are.
J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost is one of the great films of the last decade. Similar releases such as Castaway give you a set-up, showing what the main character has at home, then displaying the their salvation and return to the real world. Yet we know virtually nothing about the 2013 release’s protagonist, although we can ascertain that he’s relatively wealthy due to the fact that he’s sailing alone on a yacht. All Is Lost may star Robert Redford, one of our great all-time movie stars, but it doesn’t take the Hollywood route. It challenges its audience.
Ultimately, Chandor’s film failed to register with viewers. Budgeted at $8.5 million, All Is Lost grossed $6.2 million at the US box office and $13.6 million globally.