Film Review: Adrift

I don’t easily cry for movies, but this one had me blubbering like a child who just had their Xbox taken away for good.

A few positive comments from the TV presenters on my favourite local breakfast show @expressoshow and their movie guru @jpSebastian was enough to get me to the cinema. Even though I had an inkling that this movie may be good – with it being a true story and all – I did not want to set my expectations too high. I was blown away by the quality of both the acting and the cinematography.

the poster for the adrift movie with Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley

The story
Through her travels, adventurous Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) ends up in Tahiti where she meets Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin from Me Before You), a gorgeous Brit with an adventurous soul just like hers. They fall in love.

When Richard is asked by friends to sail their boat from Tahiti to San Diego (Tami’s home), she is reluctant to accompany him. But she decides to stand by her man and the two lovebirds set sail.

Of course the couple could not anticipate that they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic storms ever recorded. The film starts where Tami awakens. She is badly bruised and Richard is even worse off, drifting in the ocean. It will take all of her strength to survive and rescue the man she loves.

The review
I was (and still am) in awe of Tami’s story and think that both the actors and the behind-the-sceners did an incredible job of bringing across her amazing life-over-death experience in a raw and real way.

Her courage, tenacity and willpower is astonishing to witness, and I found myself being her mental cheerleader throughout, repeating the words “You can do it, Tami!” and “Keep going, you’ve almost done it!” over and over in my head.

When she eventually breaks down (because who wouldn’t after more than 40 days on the open ocean with no help in sight?) I felt it with her. Of course this is all thanks to Woodley’s brilliant acting. I liked her in The Fault in Our Stars, but with this film, she showcases her ability on a whole ‘nother level.

I thought the switches between present-day and flashbacks were done well and brought the pieces of the puzzle together effectively. I enjoyed the cinematography on the big screen – such as walls of water about to come crashing down on two insignificant (when compared to the forces of nature) humans – even though I found myself looking away from the screen at times.

Overall
While many critics have bashed this film, for me, Adrift is my movie of 2018 (thus far). It held my attention from start to finish and touched me to the core – so much so that I was wiping away tears long after the credits stopped rolling.

Click here to see the trailer.

Feature image credit: taosnews.com

[9/10]

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