Last year, the writer and director J C Chandor received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Margin Call. The low-budget, multi-character film was, and arguably still remains, the best attempt to dramatise the beginning of the financial crisis that has plunged many ordinary households in the West into ruin.
While his breathtaking follow-up, All Is Lost, couldn’t be more different – it is virtually wordless, and set entirely at sea – there is, perhaps, a connection. Stripped to the bone narratively and cast-wise, the film’s story of a lone sailor (Robert Redford) struggling to survive in a stricken yacht, feels like an allegory about life post-2008.
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