A week or two ago, I had the pleasure of chatting on the phone with Robert Redford (for a story about the new Sundance Cinemas here in Seattle). For the record, he’s one of the very few movie stars I’ve interviewed who appears capable of dialing the phone himself (it rang, I picked it up, and a familiar-sounding voice said, “Hi, Moira, it’s Robert Redford,” which certainly perked up my afternoon; usually with this kind of phone interview, there’s an army of publicists between me and the subject), and he’s very pleasant to talk to. Along with chatting about his Sundance theaters, Redford talked a bit about “All Is Lost,” his new movie — an at-sea adventure in which he plays a sailor whose boat is wrecked. Redford’s the only actor in the movie, and there’s almost no dialogue. “That’s why I did it — because it was different,” he said, noting that he was very impressed with director J.C. Chandor’s previous work, “Margin Call.” “This is his vision and I was happy to just return to my origins and be an actor.”
The trailer for “All Is Lost” came out this week, and — yikes. Maybe I’m having an extreme reaction because I’m not a fan of small boats (or any boat, really; I quite like dry land), but this movie seems really stressful to watch. Not that I won’t look forward to it, but . . . . see for yourself.