Film Review – ADRIFT (2018)

ADRIFT (2018, USA) ***
Drama, Adventure
dist. STX Entertainment; pr co. Huayi Brothers / Ingenious / Lakeshore Entertainment / Pantagruel Productions / RVK Studios / STX Entertainment; d. Baltasar Kormákur; w. Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, David Branson Smith (“Red Sky in Mourning: The True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea” by Tami Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart); pr. Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, Baltasar Kormákur, Shailene Woodley; ph. Robert Richardson (Colour. Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP). ARRIRAW (3.4K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format). 2.39:1); m. Volker Bertelmann; ed. John Gilbert; pd. Heimir Sverrisson; ad. Andy McLaren; rel. 1 June 2018 (USA), 29 June 2018 (UK); BBFC cert: 12; r/t. 96m.
cast: Shailene Woodley (Tami Oldham), Sam Claflin (Richard Sharp), Jeffrey Thomas (Peter Crompton), Elizabeth Hawthorne (Christine Crompton), Grace Palmer (Deb), Tami Ashcraft (Tami Ashcraft), Siale Tunoka (Customs Agent), Kael Damlamian (Smiley), Lei-Ming Caine (Outrigger Girl), Neil Andrea (Crewman), Apakuki Nalawa (Musician), Tim Solomon (Musician).
Woodley gives an impressive physical performance as Tami Oldham, who with her new boyfriend Richard Sharp (Claflin) sails directly into a hurricane. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard severely injured and their boat in ruins. Adrift without hope of rescue, Tami must fight for their survival. Kormákur’s film is based on a true story and combines love story elements of the couple’s meeting and growing relationship, told in flashbacks throughout, with their battles on the open sea. The director struggles to find the right balance and structure with the latter elements working best and the less interesting love story increasingly feeling like an interruption. It is Woodley who keeps us hooked as her character adapts to the harsh environment. Technical attributes are good, with vivid photography by Richardson.

Film Review – EVEREST (2015)

Image result for everest 2015EVEREST (USA/UK/Iceland, 2015) ***½
      Distributor: Universal Pictures (USA), Universal Pictures International (UPI) (UK); Production Company: Working Title Films / RVK Studios / Walden Media / Universal Pictures / Cross Creek Pictures; Release Date: 18 September 2015 (USA and UK); Filming Dates: Began 13 January 2014; Running Time: 121m; Colour: Colour; Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track) | Dolby Atmos | Auro 11.1 | IMAX 6-Track | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Sonics-DDP; Film Format: D-Cinema (also 3-D version); Film Process: Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format); Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1; BBFC Cert: 12.
      Director: Baltasar Kormákur; Writer: Lem Dobbs, Justin Isbell, William Nicholson; Executive Producer: Brandt Andersen, Liza Chasin, Randall Emmett, Evan Hayes, Mark Mallouk, Peter Mallouk, Angela Morrison, Lauren Selig; Producer: Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Evan Hayes, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson; Director of Photography: Salvatore Totino; Music Composer: Dario Marianelli; Music Supervisor: Maggie Rodford; Film Editor: Mick Audsley; Casting Director: Fiona Weir; Production Designer: Gary Freeman; Art Director: Tom Still; Set Decorator: Raffaella Giovannetti; Costumes: Guy Speranza; Make-up: Carmel Jackson; Sound: Glenn Freemantle; Special Effects: Richard Van Den Bergh; Visual Effects: Måns Björklund, Tim Caplan, Chaya Feiner, Hjortur Gretarsson, Roma O’Connor, Dominic Parker, Melody Woodford.
      Cast: Jason Clarke (Rob Hall), Jake Gyllenhaal (Scott Fischer), Josh Brolin (Beck Weathers), Robin Wright (Peach Weathers), John Hawkes (Doug Hansen), Sam Worthington (Guy Cotter), Michael Kelly (Jon Krakauer), Keira Knightley (Jan Arnold), Emily Watson (Helen Wilton), Thomas Wright (Michael Groom), Martin Henderson (Andy “Harold” Harris), Elizabeth Debicki (Dr. Caroline Mackenzie), Naoko Mori (Yasuko Namba), Clive Standen (Ed Viesturs), Vanessa Kirby (Sandy Hill), Tom Goodman-Hill (Neal Beidleman), Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Anatoli Boukreev), Charlotte Bøving (Lene Gammelgaard), Micah Hauptman (David Breashears), Chris Reilly (Klev Schoening), Chike Chan (Makalu Gau), Vijaya Lama (Lt. Col. Madan Khatri Chhetri), Mark Derwin (Lou Kasischke), Mia Goth (Meg Weathers).
      Synopsis: The story of New Zealand’s Robert “Rob” Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.
      Comment: Based on a true story this is a Hollywood-ised treatment that nevertheless is an engaging experience due to some breathtaking location photography and strong performances by the ensemble cast. The set-pieces are immaculately staged and often thrilling, but the main theme is one of endurance and will. Clarke and Brolin are particularly excellent, whilst Gyllenhaal is also memorable in a hippy-style turn. Whilst the movie lacks the emotional impact it tries to create, by not letting us get close enough to the characters, it more than makes up for with its technically spectacular sequences
      Notes: Also shot in 3-D.