This isn't a movie about human survival nor is it about a seasoned sailor who had the misfortune of having his boat impaled by a shipping
container. It's the story of a man who lost
, friends, job, dignity, respect and sense of self worth. All is lost. Life wasn't supposed to be like this so he held on to a thread of hope but that thread was slipping through his hands slowly. And that's how he would go out, but he wanted to do it with some sense of dignity.
I walked into the movie expecting to see the story of sailor who was faced with a great challenge. But instead of reacting like someone who wanted to survive, he showed no sense of urgency, from the moment he found his ship was impaled, to ensuring the boat was seaworthy
, to pumping it dry, to preparing for the storm, and on it went. This man had all but given up.
But I didn't get that until the final scene. I'm not sure how they could have done a better job conveying that at the beginning of the movie without giving it all away, but it's the only thing that makes sense to me. How many men
would shave their face just as a storm approaches rather than prepare their boat for the storm? He was preparing the body for the wake.
If you take the premise that he set sail feeling hopeless about getting back what he lost and seeing the ocean as his final resting place, everything else makes sense. And when he breaks down crying, it's because he's thinking of everything he lost, before he even set sail.
He makes half-hearted attempts at saving himself but repeatedly sets himself up for disaster. He doesn't care but he doesn't want to go out with a bullet in his head
. He had to at least look like he tried. And in the end he gets his wish, when the hand reaches out from the light and takes him home.