Adrift is a biographical survival film, which is distributed by STXfilms. In 1983, young, adventurous couple Tami (Shailene Woodley) and Richard (Sam Claflin) are given $10,000 to sail a yacht from Tahiti to San Diego (approximately 6,500 kilometres). However, they get caught in Hurricane Raymond, and the yacht suffers serious damage, while Richard is critically injured. It is now up to Tami to sail them to their destination, but with no radio, a broken engine and limited food and drinking water, can she do it?
- Visually this is a stunning film, with breathtaking shots of the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean, while Hurricane Raymond is jaw-dropping in scale.
- Shailene Woodley gives a multilayered turn, filled with real energy and clear passion for her art.
- Brief, but vivid injury detail, which adds to the sense of fear for Richard’s survival.
- The film is ultimately style over substance, with a non-linear narrative that feels quite disjointed, and far more focus on the surface-level romance than the survival itself.
- A rather shaky performance from Sam Claflin, who lacks chemistry with Shailene Woodley.
- A very inconsistent pace and tone, with many sequences feeling quite rushed and many others feeling quite dragged out.