All Is Lost
Who's Our Man thinking about when he says these words? And just what is he sorry for? Is he hinting at a confession? Seeking forgiveness? Reaching for redemption?
Good questions to keep in mind later when finally does utter those two words, in that particular order. Is it a declaration of guilt? ("God, I effed up.") Is it a plea? ("God, I'm effed, out here alone. Help!") Is it anger? ("God, what the eff?") Is it a curse? ("Eff you, God.") And how does it tie into those opening words, particularly "I'm sorry"?
The answers lie somewhere between an old man and a vast, merciless sea.
All Is Lost is rated PG-13 for brief strong language—one f-bomb. The main character is in frequent peril, indeed, mortal danger. One storm is particularly terrifying, as his boat is bashed about by the wind and waves.
Mark Moring, a former film and music editor at CT, is a writer at Grizzard Communications in Atlanta.