Other than a snippet of prologue voiceover and the Man (Robert Redford) once howling an expletive this is a silent film.
And what a hugely sonically and visually rich, narratively compelling and technically extraordinary one it is, too. The Man awakens to discover that an adrift shipping container has punched a hole into his yacht. An able, strong, resourceful and capable mariner, the Man battles misfortune and diminishing resources until, at the denouement, he can see the whites of his own mortality’s eyes.
This is a study of a human being’s innate instinct to survive, our audacity in attempting to tame the sea and our deep love of it. One of the most unique and beautiful films you’ll see this year.