The theme this year for summer blockbusters seems to be imaginary friends. First, “Tully” and the imagined night nanny, and now “Adift” where the surviving woman pretends her fiance is still alive on the boat with her. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert, but really, its not hard to figure out.
It reminded me a bit of “Life of Pi,” but really, all shows about surviving at sea are going to be similar.
The only thing that saves the movie from being unbearably boring is that its not told in order. You start with directly after the wreck, and jump between then and the moment she first meets her fiance. The story lines end with the boat crash and seeing the demise of her lover, and her finding shore. But the flashbacks are completely boring, and the after shipwreck story is only so-so. If it had been told in order, it would have been a complete thumbs down.
So… its an okay movie to see. Its based on true events, but I’ve seen better “left at sea” and survival stories based on true events. I would say skip it in theaters and maybe rent it for cheap.
On a positive note, the acting is good, which it should be, since the entire movie is hanging on one person’s performance.