Baltasar Kormákur directs the true story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), two free spirits to which a casual encounter leads them first to love and then to the adventure of their lives. A couple who enjoyed a boat trip to Tahiti and will be in the middle of one of the worst storms in history.
During 47 days "they" were drifting trying to survive almost without food, without water and trying to make hallucinations not make them crazy.
Kormákur is a director who has to be cheered for a only one reason: to shoot the film in the sea without green screens or post-production.
Based on the real story, Kormákur's new film advances on two parallel narrative lines: on one hand, the present time details the shipwreck on the high seas; on the other hand, a series of flashbacks tell us their love story. The structure ends up being more harmful than the giant wave of the Pacific, as all the capacity of the struggle for survival to generate tension is sabotaged by periodic rear-view mirrors to a novel so lacking in substance as full of glucose.
Adrift seems to hesitate to bet on a genre in particular, it develops between the lands of survival adventure and the most baffling romantic drama that alternates constantly and meaninglessly between the two, breaking several of its thousands of sophisms without mirages.
Unfortunately, this film is full of melodramatic excesses and a little hardness that reduces the interesting real story on which it is based.
There is the potential for a history of adventure with the story of a woman who finds her self-confidence to survive but they have not gone through this path. Tami's behavior is incongruous and confusing. We will be fine, says Richard, but a minute later, he says frankly that they will die, and a moment after that, with confidence, a negative change is drawn to the direction of a bad script
In addition, their desperate situation is sometimes not so desperate. Tami finds water, canned beans, cocoa butter, marijuana, drinks and even the whole guitar. And, in addition, she seems to be a doctor, fisherman, psychologist, cook, musician and everything that you would need to be when you are "with someone hurt" in the middle of the sea.
Woodley, meanwhile, is lucky to return to HBO with another season of Big Little Lies as her films have been less artistically fulfilled –Divergent, Insurgent, Allegory, and now, this waste of time.
their desperate situation is sometimes not so desperate