(2013) On July 13th, 1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits, "our man" (Robert Redford), as the end credits refer to him, says in a monologue (in more words than will be spoken for the remained of the film): "I'm sorry…. I tried to be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn't…. I will miss you. I'm sorry."
In this mostly mute action adventure, director/writer J.C. Chandor takes us back eight days earlier, in his watery version of 127 Hours of a lone sailor desperate to survive in the sea, as the Virginia Jean, a sailing yacht, collides with a floating steel shipping crate, punching a hole in her side.
Keeping calm with self-assured confidence in his sailing skills, having plenty of experience and equipment for an emergency, our man attempts to repair the damage, eliminates the seawater with a hand pump from the cabin, but can't communicate more than a brief distress call with his waterlogged radio. Just as he's gotten back to making hot meals on his stove, after eating from cans for a few days, a storm approaches.
As the craft's tossed and turned in the squall, the mast snaps; our man, after being washed overboard, gets back inside where he's knocked unconscious with a gash in his forehead. Abandoning his sinking vessel for a life raft, like a floating tent, the old man in the sea teaches himself how to use a sextant to plot his course before another storm capsizes the raft.
Out of potable water, he casts a fishing line from the survival kit while sharks surround the raft. Immense passing freighters are oblivious to his signal flares. In desperation, he pens a message (the words of the opening monologue, I presume) onto a sheet of paper, which he places into a glass jar before dropping it into the ocean.
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