Although sparse in dialog, this film is a rich source of information about life and has a lot to teach the average viewer. Here are a few of the things I learned from watching this film:
1. If you’re taking a boat out on the ocean, don’t let Robert Redford navigate.
2. Watch out for cheap shoes floating in the ocean. They can be deadly.
3. Sharks are real jerks.
4. Sailing is like Nightmare on Elm Street: bad stuff happens when you fall asleep.
5. Sometimes the only way to save yourself is to set everything on fire (and don’t think I won’t use this excuse the next time I set the kitchen on fire).
One of the main lessons I learned is that you don’t need a lot of dialog to make a movie interesting. There are a lot of sparse things about this film aside from the dialog, but there’s also a lot of richness. The lack of dialog and missing backstory in combination with the beautiful imagery and intense drama make this film open to interpretations as a loose metaphor for the struggles of life, love, relationships, or spirituality. We all struggle. Some of us just don't give up. This is story telling done well.