Movie Review: ‘Adrift’ Is Profound Tale Of Woman’s Will To Survive

By Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Columnist Katie Walsh gives high marks for new movie “Adrift” saying, “So often female characters are relegated to worried wives and mothers waiting for a call, so it’s downright refreshing to witness the depiction of a woman as independently strong, capable and determined to survive.”

Tribune News Service

It’s so rare to see a woman at the center of a survival story.

That’s what grabs you right away in “Adrift,” starring Shailene Woodley as Tami Oldham, based on Oldham’s incredible life story.

Right away, we’re thrown below deck in the aftermath of a brutal Pacific Ocean storm as Tami comes to in a sinking yacht, bleeding from a head injury, struggling to survive.

So often female characters are relegated to worried wives and mothers waiting for a call, so it’s downright refreshing to witness the depiction of a woman as independently strong, capable and determined to survive.

Of course, because this is a Hollywood movie, there’s a love story incorporated into this female “All Is Lost,” but it was a love story in real life, too.

As soon as Tami realizes her whereabouts, she starts shouting for her partner, her captain and lover, Richard (Sam Claflin).

As she discovers his safety line dangling loose, she wails in grief and agony, and the film takes us back to an earlier time, when Tami landed in Tahiti.

It’s 1983 and free-spirited itinerant surfer Tami is looking for odd jobs to keep her traveling around the world and away from San Diego as long as she can.

When a handsome British sailor, Richard, navigates into port, it’s love at first sight, and the adventurous twosome plan to sail the world.

But first, they need to earn some money, so they accept a gig delivering a luxury sailing yacht, Hazana, to San Diego for a wealthy older couple.

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