‘Adrift’: Heartbreak’s Many Forms

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

When I first discovered Titanic, I never thought that I would find a movie that matched its tragedy. Clearly, I was proven wrong.

Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) as Tami and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You) as Richard, is about two free-spirited sailors who meet, fall in love, and want to sail the world together.

The story is told through a series of jumps between flashbacks and present day. The flashbacks show the beginning of Tami and Richard’s relationship while the present day shows how they became lost at sea. Throughout the story, Tami and Richard’s relationship only gets stronger even after being left adrift.

This is, by far, my favorite film of Woodley’s. I thought it truly brought out what she can do as an actress regardless of the negative critical reception that she’s received. Same can be said about Claflin, which is saying a lot as I loved Me Before You. This is one of the few movies that I drastically disagree with the critical reviews of it including the low Rotten Tomatoes score it had upon initial release.

Upon reading some of these reviews, I see that much of the distaste comes from its focus on the romance instead of the action of Hurricane Raymond. I think it was actually a strong point for this movie because it was intentionally created to show the true story of Tami and Richard’s tragedy.

Everything from the acting to the intense storm to the development of the plot line felt seamless and nearly flawless.

Adrift cannot be talked about enough. It shows just how powerful love can be when out at sea. I would recommend it for anyone who loves not only romance, but also simply a good movie.


My Rating: 95%

Acting: 3.9/4

Cinematography: 3.7/4

Story: 3.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

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