Gretch and I went to see this the other day. We left disappointed.
I went in hoping that we would see an epic battle of a single
hander fighting against many many obstacles as the sea conspires against him, and macgyvers his way through them all. When he abandons ship about 1/2 the way through, I thought Yuk, I really don't want to watch a guy in a lifeboat for the next 45 minues. I saw it as giving up, taking the film in a predictable, easy to shoot direction that would not entertain me. I would have much rather watched the man give 150% of himself for 90 minutes as he does super-sailor things to save his ship. Instead, we see him shave?
Both of us have read "Adrift: 76 Days Lost
at Sea", which was a very riveting account of a solo man's survival in a raft. The movie did not convey 1/8 of Steve Callahan's determination, trials or ingenuity. Redford's character was so flat-line.
Having said all of that, we were somewhat entertained.