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ALL IS LOST
For Hicksflicks.com, Feb. 7, 2014
Robert Redford is 77.
He's arrived at an age when movie actors, even those who've played dashing leading roles in their youth, are often consigned to playing grandfathers who send their progeny off on those adventures.
But here he is in "All Is Lost" (PG-13) giving an Oscar-worthy (but not Oscar-nominated) and very physical performance as a yachtsman lost at sea.
It's a largely silent performance that requires a great deal of the film's star — but it also requires a director of vision and patience, along with talented editors, to keep the audience from getting antsy during what is in essence a one-hour-46-minute one-man show. And writer-director J.C. Chandor was just the guy to pull it off.
This is a remarkable film and if you missed its theatrical run be sure to catch it on Pay-Per-View or Video On Demand right now, or on DVD or Blu-ray or digital beginning Tuesday (Feb. 11).
During the run-up to Academy Award nominations, everyone was predicting that Redford would not only be nominated but that he was a front-runner to win the best-actor Oscar. It was a great surprise that he wasn't even nominated.
Never mind who the five actors are that received nominations; doesn't matter. One of them should not be there. Redford was robbed.
As a director, Redford won an Oscar his first time out, for "Ordinary People" (1980). But as an actor, he's been nominated only once, for "The Sting" (1973). A great movie. He deserved that nomination.
But he might have also deserved nominations for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" 1969). Or "The Candidate" (1972). Or "All the President's Men" (1976). Or any number of other films in which he did sterling work.
Perhaps Redford makes it look too easy. He's relaxed in front of the camera, he knows how to use the subtlety of body language to convey emotion in a manner that works best on the big screen. And he's often been criticized for being too "pretty."
As an actor, Redford has long been underrated and underappreciated, and this snub just goes to show that some things never change.