Since time immemorial man has attempted to conquer the seas, yet Poseidon and Neptune have been disinclined to play along. The sheer awe, power and romance conjured up by those waves has inspired generations of poets, writers and painters. The ebb and flow of the tides has laid down a tacit challenge for hundreds and thousands of years. Its waters are not for the faint of heart and are fraught with peril as a couple discover in Baltasar Kormákur’s latest film Adrift.
Tami Oldham Ashcraft (Shailene Woodley) has drifted around and finally landed in Tahiti where she works to fund future endeavours. When Richard (Sam Claflin) shows up one day her life is irrevocably changed and it looks as though she’s found her home port. The pair decide to sail to San Diego, but a dream trip suddenly goes south when disaster hits and the waves comes crashing down upon them. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami must use all her courage and tenacity to reach land.
Based on a true story, Adrift is an entertaining and satisfying romantic adventure which pits one woman against the elements. Kormákur’s decision to pitch the audience straight in to the thick of it and use flashbacks to put together the pieces works seamlessly. Woodley is equally adept at the helm, assuredly carrying the film whilst the couple’s backstory builds-up around her. Adrift navigates choppy waters to create an impressive nautical drama.
- Director’s Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Shailene Woodley
- Braving the Elements
- Survival at Sea
- Deleted Scenes
Adrift is released on DVD and Blu-ray by STX International on 5 November.