Stories of Survival
Stories of Survival is a collection inspired by the recent award-winning new release, All Is Lost. Robert Redford delivered a stellar performance, as written about in our blog post about the film. Each movie in this collection follows characters fighting against seemingly impossible odds. Here, we round up three notable titles worth adding to your library.
Jeremiah Johnson (Warner Bros., 1972)
Robert Redford makes two appearances in this collection—both excellent examples of his extraordinary body of work. Jeremiah Johnson was the first western ever submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. It’s the story of a former soldier who has taken to the wilderness for a quieter life. Instead, he finds himself entangled in confrontations with various Native American tribes. The challenges faced by Redford, particularly as he attempts to build a family, dig deeper than any battle he ever faced at war.
The Impossible (Lionsgate, 2012)
This film recounts the story of a tourist family visiting Thailand when the devastating 2004 tsunami hit. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor portray the parents of three young boys, separated in the chaos of the tragic event. Through unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple acts of kindness, the family finds their way back together. Naomi Watts received an Academy Award Nomination and a Golden Globe win for her moving performance as a mother determined to reunite her family.
Contagion (Warner Bros., 2011)
In his signature style, director Steven Soderbergh intertwines several storylines, this time set against a race to develop a vaccine as a pandemic sweeps across the United States. Soderbergh set out to make a film that focused on the societal impact of such a chaotic situation, making it as true to life as it could possibly be. This film is also packed with phenomenal actors, including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Bryan Cranston and Kate Winslet.
Enjoy these and more films from our Stories of Survival Collection.