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Adrift (2018)


Released:  Friday, June 1, 2018  
Length:  96 minutes
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Rating: Adrift is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Adrift Synopsis

As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.

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Director Baltasar Kormakur Discusses Adrift and Why It Was Impor...  5/31/2018 3:12 PM EST
Director Baltasar Kormakur loves nature. He will say he is passionate about it. "I grew up spending a lot of time in the Highlands of Iceland", he says, and it's not that he specifically picks movies that tell stories about man against nature but it just comes naturally (no pun intended) to him.  "I can't help it when I am passionate about something. I want to tell the story". It is this love alon...  More>>

Adrift Theatrical Review

Adrift Theatrical Review
Survival...Perseverance…Strength.  How much can we as human beings handle when pushed to our limits?  How strong is our will to live?  For Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley; Divergent Series)  those questions would be answered in one of the most terrifying events as she struggled to live at sea after a category four hurricane ripped through the sailboat she was on killing her fiancé Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin; Me Before You).  Based on the true story (turned in to a book titled Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea), Adrift shows us Tami and Richard's love affair and the tragedy that tore them apart forever.

Tami Oldham left her home in San Diego California right after high school determined to explore the world.  Five years later she landed in Tahiti and worked at a marina.  Richard was an Englishman who built his boat, Mayaluga and sailed it alone all over the world.  As he anchored in Tahiti, Tami caught his eye. They two soon spent most of their time together sailing to local islands they explored and enjoyed.  Then one day Richard's friends found him in Tahiti and made him an offer he didn't want to refuse.

His Friends, Peter (Jeffrey Thomas; The Hobbit series) and Christine (Elizabeth Hawthorne; Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), asked Richard to sail their boat, The Hazana, from Tahiti to San Diego for ten thousand dollars and a first class plane to return.  Richard bargains for a second ticket and he and Tami agree to deliver the boat together.  Then, three weeks into their trip they end up in the middle of a Category four hurricane named Raymond.  Tami wakes up after the storm to a destroyed boat and Richard nowhere to be found.  She manages to salvage some food and makes a makeshift sail and spends the next 41 days alone at sea determined to survive.  

Woodley is wonderful as Tami, embracing her usual carefree attitude. She portrays Tami's grit and determination and moments of desperation with grace and poise and makes the audience feel her despair.  Claflin once again plays a character with limited movement and spends much of his time expressing emotion simply with his vocal tones and facial expression.  It's a feat some actors couldn't pull off but he manages to do it well.  In other actors hands, this would have been a different film.

Of course, the other characters in this movie are the vastness of the ocean, the sky, and the hurricane-battered boat.  The visuals are stunning and director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) uses all of them to his advantage.  The chaos of the situation below deck on the ruined yacht is a sharp contrast to the mostly serene waters that surround Tami for as far as the eye can see.  The color explosion of the sky at moments are beautiful and volatile all at once.  Kormakur shot much of these sequences on the open water and I can understand why as there would have been a very different feel had he chosen to shoot in a studio with a green screen behind the actors.

Compelling and life-affirming, Adrift is a real-life survival story that ends on an upbeat note after tragedy struck.  It is also a lesson in moving on after a devastating and terrifying experience.  Emotional and draining it will make you wonder what you have been doing with your life.  It will also make feel sympathy for Tami and admire her all at the same time.

Grade: B


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  • 5/7/2018 3:05 PM EST


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