Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Seanís List

By Sean O'Connell 2013-12-24 14:03:01discussion comments
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9. All Is Lost
How the hell did All Is Lost get made? I donít mean, "How did they film it?" (Though more than once, I did marvel at director J.C. Chandorís impressive patience as he filmed a quiet, chaotic sea-faring drama.) I mean, "How the hell did Chandor convince a producer to back a largely dialogue-free drama that rests squarely on the shoulders of an 77-year-old actor?"

Thank God someone took a chance, because All Is Lost is mesmerizing. The plot couldnít be more simple. A sailor alone at sea encounters a problem with his boat as a storm approaches. But the tension milked from this medium-concept scenario is nerve-rattling. It helps that the 77-year-old actor recruited by Chandor is Robert Redford, who hasnít had a part as sparse but meaningful in years.
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