If you define “dialogue” as the exchange of words between two or more people, then there is no dialogue in All is Lost. If you consider “dialogue” to be any spoken statements by a person, then there is some dialogue in this movie. I bring this to your attention because there is very little that is spoken in this movie. So, you really have to be in the mood to sit and pay attention to the entire screen. If you are sitting at home watching this on DVD, like I did, you should not be doing anything like folding clothes or checking Facebook at the same time. Knowing this beforehand (thank you to Netflix for mentioning this in the summary description.)
If this movie were not nominated for Sound Editing, I am not sure I would have rented the DVD. I say this because after a while I get a bit bored with some movies. For example, although I enjoyed Gravity, after a while, I was thinking – okay you are still stuck in space. Or, in Life of Pi – I get it, you are still stuck in a boat. Same thing with this movie. For the entire movie, Robert Redford’s character (did he even have a name) is stranded asea in his sailboat, the Virginia Jean. I found it fascinating that he was able to keep certain things dry after his boat flipped over more than once. How was he able to keep track of his eyeglasses?
The difficulty I had with this movie was the lack of the spoken word. Since I am not a sailor, there are things that Redford’s character did during the movie, but I did not know what he was doing it or why he was doing it. Sometimes, we need a little exposition or explanation. Some of it can be figured out afterwards; other things, you just have to take on faith that it was the right things to do.
I would have expected that this film would have been nominated for cinematography since it very vividly captured all that Redford’s character was experiencing.