All is Lost: the story told here could hardly be much simpler, or more powerful. The film would not be as effective, however, if not for Robert Redford’s commanding presence. His acting isn’t showy, but his quiet confidence tells a lot about the character (We learn what we need to learn, and not more). The cinematography, both underwater and above water, is great (yet another example on how to use a handheld camera effectively and justifiably). The sound design, along with the sparing use of the haunting score, is beautiful.