Friday, June 1, 2018

ADRIFT MOVIE REVIEW

 Adrift is directed by Baltasar Kormakur and stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. Adrift is based on a true story of survival, a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. There is no denying that terms, like based on a true story or inspired by true events, are used very loosely is Hollywood. Some use them as gimmicks, some do use true events as simple source material for a fictional story and others do make it a focus to capture the real-life events with accuracy making it a point to not over embellish anything. Adrift was without question the latter it was such an immersive film that retold this real-life event with hart and care.  It was simplistic it didn't try to do too much to force a narrative it just felt like it was simply taking the facts and waving them into a storyline which is something I can really appreciate from a movie like this.    This movie had me locked in within the first minute the story wastes no time and ramps up the tension and the uneasiness almost instantly.  The movie pretty much plays out in three different timelines. The first is of their current issue of being stranded at sea, the second is of their random meeting that sparked their relationship and the third is their voyage out to sea and the inevitable storm.  I thought the script wove these three timelines together perfectly.  I connected with the characters immediately it felt like I was going through this ordeal with them.  The performances are fantastic it is just these two characters for the majority of the movie and they absolutely carried it as good as any duo could have.  Shailene Woodley delivers a world-class performance it is easily the best of her career. She took on the physical demands of this role with an unrelenting energy. She felt so natural playing this role she poured a ton of heart and effort into it and the result was honestly award-worthy to me. She was grounded it never felt like she was forcing any of the dramatic elements and it made her impossible not to connect with. I thought she was easily able to capture the full range of emotions needed for this character her determination was inspiring as was her resourcefulness, but during those moments of self-doubt and understandable times of just pure fear and uncertainty I thought Woodley really captured that mental strain with just a raw emotion that will really just bring a tear to your eye.    I thought Sam Claflin was great in this as well he was charming and overall he felt extremely genuine with his performance. He was able to say a lot with his expressions which helped capture the intense connection that they had right away. Like Woodley, he also felt very natural in the role which made the chemistry between them as strong as I think this movie needed it to be.    5 out of 5 stars for Adrift. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see this movie or not.


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