Adrift is a Survival Win

 In Adventure, Drama, Everything, Historical, Recommended
Shailene Woodley in the film Adrift.


Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Written by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, and David Brandson Smith

The review:

I think one has to be in a certain mood to watch survival-at-sea-type films, and if you are anywhere near such a mood, please find time for Adrift which is not only a solid entry into the genre, but a great depiction of a woman getting things done.* I thought the back-and-forth structure worked well for the film’s general tension—there was both respite and insight in the flashbacks and I liked how they were often linked to the present. Claflin is good, and Woodley is her usual excellent self, so there’s no reason not to find and watch this film of survival.

The verdict: Recommended

Cost: Netflix monthly fee ($8.99)
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*That we don’t have a better pipeline to these types of films is frustrating. I was intrigued by the trailer but did not prioritize this film for a few years. Part of it was not being in an ocean survival mood, but I wonder if I would have been quicker on the draw if I knew how much woman power this film has?


  • How would you have cut the trailer to better bring out this story?
  • What’s your favorite Shailene Woodley role?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

According to Shailene Woodley, there were times on the open sea when, except for the director and cinematographer, everybody was throwing up overboard due to severe seasickness.

(I’ve never wanted to be an actor, and for sure I’ve never wanted to film a movie on open water.)

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  • Patricia Collins

    My favorite Woodley film is The Descendants. But I also like her in The Spectacular Now.

  • Allie

    I saw this one at the cinema in summer, and the air con was broken in our screen making it uncomfortably warm. The staff were offering refunds within the first 30 minutes if you just didn’t want to put up with it but for me I kind of felt like it added to the experience, ha!

    • Patricia Collins

      Totally! What better movie to watch in a hot and humid theater!

      More than a few years back the boyfriend and I showed up at a neighborhood theater on a hot day. The staff told us to go and stand in the theater before buying tickets because it was HOT in there. We still bought, but I have to say the movie didn’t hold either of our attention as much as it would have if we were in a chilly theater.

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