Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's a Survival Drama with a Gentle Twist

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's a Survival Drama with a Gentle Twist

Article excerpt

THOSE who can, do, to bastardise one of George Bernard Shaw's best-known lines.

Those who can't, sit on the sidelines and watch - with our mouths hanging wide open.

Having conquered Everest, with Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, in the true story of New Zealand climber Rob Hall's ill-fated assault on the summit, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur now pits himself against the ocean.

In so doing, he takes us as close to the eye of a Category 4 hurricane as anyone would ever want to get.

Part romance, part Pacific Island fantasy, part survival drama, Adrift tells the story of a free-spirited young traveller (Shailene Woodley) who is trying to get as far away as she can from her previous life in suburban San Diego, which appears to have been less-than-idyllic.

While doing some odd jobs for a boat builder in Tahiti, she meets her soulmate, a suave English sailor named Richard Sharp (Sam Claiflin), when he docks at a neighbouring jetty. …

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