A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Greg Rudzinski
Date: 2014 Aug 4, 05:50 -0700
As you say:
"Some time ago, the movie “All is lost” was the topic of discussion. Not having see the show at the time, I had no comment. Well it recently played at the zoo in which I now live – I'm sure glad it was for free as it would have upset me terribly if I had paid good money to see it. IMHO it was terrible from start to finish – the seamanship was awful, the temporary repair was inept, and that fancy sextant apparently stowed as emergency life raft was ridiculous; and, by the way where was his EPIRB. My wife walked out in the middle out of sheer boredom. However, the purpose of this post is no to pan the movie, but to invite attention to its apparent source; I didn't take note of any credits, but if they were not there they should have been – it took me some time to find it, but the movie appears to be an obvious take-off from the book “Adrift ,76 days lost at sea”, by Steve Callahan, a true tale of shipwreck west of the Canary Islands and subsequent liferaft drift of some 76 days until picked up by fishermen off the island of Guadeloupe. A really great tale of survival at sea which I heartily recommend to all."
Steve Callahan co-wrote another book called CAPSIZE. Has anyone read this book ? Callahan advises on movies too and would have turned All Is Lost into a better film. He is now consulting on a Ron Howard movie due out next year called Heart Of The Sea which should be very good.