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A true story of survival, as a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
I wasn’t going to see this movie, I hadn’t heard any review for it, the rating wasn’t great and I’m just busy at work. My Mom, however, asked if I would take her and I don’t like to turn down a reasonable request (I do love movies). So on the last night it was playing here we went.
I am really glad she wanted to go and I made it to this film, right from the start I loved it. I like simple movies sometimes and I love a good true story. I also have liked Shailene Woodley since I first saw here in the Descendants (excellent movie if you haven’t seen it) and she really shines here.
While it’s a true story I didn’t know the details, so I’ll try not to spoil it. To give a brief overview it’s about a woman, Woodley, who is a real free spirit. Someone who travels around with no commitments, not attachments, all the time and freedom in the world, a positive outlook on the world and (importantly for me) a vegetarian.She meets a guy while working in Tahiti (at a marina) and they fall in love. I’m married but we’re not having kids and I’m someone who hates commitments. The movie reminds me of what I want to do when I retire, just explore warm places in the world, meet people, relax and have time to think about life. They don’t call it a rat race for nothing and as soon as I’m financially able I’m done, there is something to be said for the simple way of life and getting away from the obsession with material wealth, large houses, fast cars and so on.
The movie has a lot to do with sailing and the ocean. I’m not a lover of sailboats but I did spend a lot of time on them when I was young and into my early twenties. They have come to take on a special meaning for me, my Dad loved sailing and boats in general. He passed last year and so know any movie or song about sailing has special meaning for me.
So this movie immediately made me think of my Dad and all the fun times we had on different boats. It made me think of how much I love not just Florida but lots of Caribbean and Bahamian islands in that area. The movie also shows (and I firmly agree) that if you find someone you truly love, someone you can spend time with, be yourself with, that really you don’t need anyone else.
Another thing to love her is the film shows the strength of the human spirit, the will to survive and ultimately the lengths you will go to in order to find help and make it out of a bad situation (like being adrift in a damage boat in the middle of the ocean). Remember this movie is set in 1983 so there are no cell phone or GPS tracking devices, so you really were on your own if something went wrong.
Woodley is the movie here, at least for me, and she does a great job. This is certainly the performance of her career, she literally bares it all (there is some brief nudity, which was uncomfortable to see with my Mom). I got completely swept up in the story and was emotional at the end.
I don’t know what’s wrong with people. This is a beautiful, well-acted, well-written, amazing true story that deserves so much more than 6.7 out of 10. There is plenty of action and even some suspense if you don’t know what happens. The end shows some clips of the real Tami and you are left with plenty to think about. I give this my very rare (1st in over a year) 9 out of 10. I would have given this movie 10 but it does have the usual start when it’s exciting and move backward movie/story cliche. I just think this has been done far too much. While it may not be in theater where you are, do yourself a favor and see this at some point. See it with someone you love, see it alone, just go in with an open mind and let the movie wash over you (yeah I couldn’t resist!). Please don’t bring small children, due to violence, some language,drug use and nudity, ages 14+. Until next time, don’t take life too seriously, remember none of us get out of it alive.