Redford plays a man at sea, alone on his yacht and the worst case scenario happens. He calls for help, but his radio goes out.
The film offers Redford little dialogue and a man lost in his thoughts about living and dying.
"For me, the idea of playing a character who is a good sailor, but not a perfect sailor, who when things got really, really bad, really rough, then you have to improvise. You have to call in instinct and impulse," said Redford.
As I was watching this movie, I started writing down words: quietly, physically grueling. I think "quietly" seemed to fit.
"The quiet really, I think for me, exists in terms of the overall film, the quiet in your own mind, inside yourself. Then the quiet disappears. You don't have quiet time, you have to go into action," said Redford. "I think the action in the film, the stress that comes, the trouble the boat gets into, is really what brings the audience in. You know, what would you do?"
"All Is Lost" offered Redford the opportunity to really challenge himself in front of the camera, something he feels he hasn't done for some time.
"I've done a lot. I'm grateful for what I've been able to expand my life into with producing, directing, starting opportunities for other filmmakers, but finally you get too far away from your original purpose, which is just being an actor. So this gave me a chance to go back into my roots and enjoy that feeling again and get lost in a character," said Redford.
"All is Lost" is in theaters this weekend.