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All Is Lost

2013
Drama
Adventure
1h 46m
After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
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All Is Lost

2013
Drama
Adventure
1h 46m
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Avg Percentile 53.98% from 1283 total ratings

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Rated 02 Sep 2014
78
82nd
Robert Redford's...ON A BOAT. But with 100% less Cristal, 65% more jerry-rigging, and twice as much hull-breaching. What I learned from this movie: Don't fuck with water. Just another reason to stay here safe in my house built 10 feet below sea-level right behind these indestructible levies.
Rated 04 Jan 2014
71
29th
I give it some credit, a film like this being compelling from start to finish is not an easy task. But it still feels very rote, this happened, then another thing happened, and then that thing, and then the end. There are moments when you can see what could have been, in Redford's performance and the shot selection there is insight and humanity. Yet most of the time there's just not enough to hold on to, it feels forced and the character is too much of a blank slate.
Rated 22 Jan 2015
80
80th
"The sleeping United States wake up to find their economy torpedoed by Chinese CHILD LABOR. But the Asians have forgotten that it's only half time in America, and the gruff and tough spirit of its people will try to overcome everything, even as mighty Europe sail them by." Hi, my name is Chris Plante. I write for the Verge. Say, did you notice that there are no women in this movie? That makes it SUPER sexist, like the Gents at my work.
Rated 20 Jul 2014
84
75th
For 106 minutes Redford is us, and we are him. Details of his life, his past or what kind of person he is would only tarnish this effect. That we know nothing about his character yet are still enthralled by his every move is a testament to his performance. It also says a great deal about just how involving a movie can be - without character development, a complex story or even dialog - so long as it's shown to us with rich, well-structured detail.
Rated 06 Apr 2014
6
55th
Redford jimmy-rigs the shit out of his puny little ship using an assortment of planks, glue, tarp, rope, chewing gum, bits of radio and other, even more MacGyver-esque stuff before finally coming to his senses and doing the only reasonable thing - shaking his fists at the uncaring sky.
Rated 03 Jan 2017
76
57th
"All is Lost" accomplishes everything it set out to be. I felt a sense of dread and fear for Redford for the majority and was swept up in the story of survival at sea. at times, though, I couldn't help but feel that the lack of dialog worked against the story. How am I supposed to know how the character himself feels, or thinks if all he does is complete task after task trying to stay alive. The positive of Redford's stoic performance is that when he finally does snap, it felt ungodly cathartic.
Rated 02 Feb 2014
45
15th
A survival movie, ending like you always expect it would. A good performance by Redford, but isn't enough to make it the grand piece it wants to be. Could have done a better job on the lighting and CGI, but it has its moments.
Rated 11 Feb 2014
94
93rd
I could watch Robert Redford be lost at sea forever. This is a great achievement considering the film is pretty much "Robert Redford tries to fix his boat." Little dialogue and no supporting cast this is a film about a man trying everything he can to repair his boat and get back home as conditions get worse and worse for him. Beautifully filmed.
Rated 30 Oct 2015
83
82nd
Like going on a theme park ride. I just got so caught up in it and the creative, close direction gives a sense of being there on the boat. Redford captures so much in his expressions that the lack of speech is hardly missed( and his yelling FUCK was so perfectly appropriate i couldn't help but laugh). A very good soundscape as well which of course was a must to pulling this stunt off.
Rated 24 Jan 2014
55
19th
Things I appreciate: the reliance on action and behavior to tell a character's story, some of the visuals, Redford's subdued performance. Things I don't appreciate: nearly everything else. Someone took the idea "make your characters suffer" to an extreme. We should at least be able to seem them succeed before *spoiler* we fade to white a half second later.
Rated 10 Dec 2014
40
38th
Boring. He lives? He dies? EIther way. Boring. There is nothing to watch. It's like "Cast Away" without any of the humour or drama or dialogue or character or...plot.
Rated 14 Jan 2014
83
93rd
Cannot but compare it to the more successful survival film of 2013, Gravity. All Is Lost is Gravity for adults. It doesn't need outer space. Just one character, and no flashbacks, daydreams or any voiceover - devices that plague most survival films. It is daunting but more meaningful to be unable to read Redford's mind, only his perfectly acted faces and his actions. No romanticism or pseudu-philosophy, just harsh realism. Tasteful soundtrack. One of the best movies I've ever seen of its kind.
Rated 12 Jan 2014
83
74th
Although I would never call this minimalist (Chandor's direction and Alex Ebert's score are too grandiose for that), this is a gripping survival story that succeeds because of its narrative simplicity and the sheer force of the filmmaking. Redford is a great choice for Our Man, not only drawing on his charisma to hold the screen for the duration (dialogue be damned) but also demonstrating a tremendous reserve of strength that makes his later vulnerability all the more affecting.
Rated 25 Aug 2014
75
77th
Respect to Chandor and Redford. Well done.
Rated 23 Feb 2014
97
91st
What a surprisingly exquisite piece this film is. If you forget the last couple of minutes, which are sort of cliché, then you have a highly intense experience made possible only through the simple, fundamental buildingblocks of filmmaking and executed with uncontaminated crafmanship. All Is Lost perfectly pictures one of the oldest of tales - the divided relationship between Man and the sea. Nothing more, nothing less. A purity rarely seen in film these days
Rated 02 Jan 2014
85
72nd
Like GRAVITY, this is hampered by the hard-to-shake feeling that the protagonist's sufferings are a little arbitrary--or are all too obviously planned. But this is much more successful at achieving a feeling of simplicity and universality, giving us but one character--Our Man (Robert Redford)--and dispensing mostly with dialogue in favor of showing us his meticulous, confident reactions to his early troubles, and his subdued but definite desperation as his troubles mount. Technically impeccable.
Rated 18 Aug 2014
75
71st
I don't know about anyone else but I could watch Robert Redford work on a boat and do survivalist stuff all day. This doesn't feel as gimmicky as it would initially appear. There are some generally tense moments and it's interesting to see how things gradually unravel in a disaster situation. The effects are fairly good and captures life in the middle of nowhere in the indian ocean. The panic and desperation creeping in shows Redford still has an impressive acting range.
Rated 15 Apr 2014
2
21st
A high concept film that falls flat, stimulating no physical sensation, emotional response, or gut reaction. There are many moments in this film which stretch literal believability or otherwise just ring false. In the filmmaker's attempt at solemn austerity, Redford's character takes his disastrous ordeal in hardened silence. It is a performance as rote as the plot's formulaic motions, robbing the film of any sort of psychology to make things interesting.
Rated 01 Dec 2013
85
71st
Tense, Jack Londonesque man vs. nature survival tale that's always engaging but never transcendent.
Rated 25 Apr 2014
85
91st
A great movie with a remarkable almost wordless performance by Robert Redford. It deserves more recognition.
Rated 15 Jul 2022
80
31st
Der ewige Kampf des Menschen gegen die (Natur)Gewalten, gegen sich selbst mit seiner (inneren) Einsamkeit, seinen aufkommenden Zweifeln, seinen schleichendeN Hoffnungslosigkeiten, seinen würgenden (Todes)Ängsten. Ein wortkarger Survival-Film mit einem stark spielendem Robert Redford, dem man die Strapazen glaubhaft als Segler-Laie abnimmt. Aber auch ein Film, der Mut macht, sich nicht kampflos zu beugen, alles Mögliche zu versuchen und die Hoffnung leben zu lassen, so lange es denkbar ist! :-)
Rated 20 Nov 2013
80
77th
Chandor's assuredly simple and communicative direction perfectly fits the kind of bare-bones storytelling that in a way makes the audience as well feel they're just hanging on by a thread. Admittedly the plot stretches credulity at points. I loved the ending however, and after a close read didn't find it ambiguous at all. BTW: what's with the crazy resemblance to Gravity? They should have called this "Buoyancy".
Rated 05 Jun 2024
85
94th
no matter when all is lost the man still perservers. like a real man he carries on. another setback but he carries on. the music is very soft and matches the stoicism greatly
Rated 03 Feb 2015
78
64th
Just like Gravity proved, we are all here to INEVITABLY PERISH . Any fickle attempt towards the contrary will leave you SPIRALLING THROUGH DEEP SPACE PROPELLED BY FIRE RETARDANT FOAM or SINKING into the OCEAN'S DEPTHS while watching your ONLY LIFE RAFT MELT. Give up and george clooney into the ether. Make sure you're playing some MODERN FOLKY SHIT IN YOUR SPACE HELMET on the way down/out/CONSTANT CENTRAL POINT OF YOUR OWN UNIVERSE. SHIT
Rated 23 Jun 2014
79
34th
Quite a ride, Redford is the ultimate survivalist in this movie. So good, great for a 1st watch, can't say its made for multiple viewings however
Rated 27 Dec 2014
93
87th
This film could double as a master class on visual storytelling. There is no dialogue in the film, and all of the information the audience gets comes from the visuals, acting, and sound design. The film even starts off not by showing the crash that leads to the conflict, but by showing the Redford as the loud noise that comes from the crash wakes him up. From that point on you're forced to pay attention to what is happening in order to get some details. Highly recommended.
Rated 29 Jun 2014
2
17th
love the stripped down survival stuff, but the swells in the score and the clumsy visual flourishes and the spiritual allegorical undertones all feel incompatible with that and i'm not convinced chandor really knows what worldview, if any, he wishes to communicate here.
Rated 14 Jul 2014
60
63rd
Best person-in-a-stricken-vessel-struggling-for-survival movie of 2013 (understand what I'm saying?).
Rated 30 Nov 2014
77
68th
Pace of the film was lovely, lack of music (almost) absolutely contributed to the quality of the moments. Redford felt like a bit of a casting mistake at first, but his stoicism, facial expressions that were just enough to tell all without words and his careful deliberate actions construct an engaging and meditative tale.
Rated 22 Nov 2014
78
66th
Impressive and claustrophobic photography along with Redford's performance gives quite a harrowing tale that is never boring. Simple and effective.
Rated 05 Oct 2014
68
65th
A successful attempt at sitting shotgun for one man's harrowing battle with nature. Calamities abound which gives Redford ample opportunity to lay down some heavy acting chops. It isn't amazing nor entirely original, but it is well made and entertaining.
Rated 20 Jun 2014
65
21st
I just wasn't compelled. Some will find the comparison unfair... But Life of Pi did it better.
Rated 09 Jul 2016
60
71st
One man, two boats, almost zero dialogue. This needs an actor like Redford, and experience shines through in his performance: unrushed and methodical, reflecting not just his age but also the character of somebody who'd find themselves in this type of situation (even if at times it can feel a wee bit too uneventful for us viewers). The final scene may split audiences but personally I thought it added half a star by giving the piece some overall meaning. Not a film I'd rewatch though.
Rated 14 Sep 2013
85
68th
Nearly dialogue-free ocean survival story is a huge feat in acting and directing, with Robert Redford carrying the film with a performance that relies entirely on emotion and physicality. With no backstory and character development it is hard to really care about Redford's character outside of rooting for a human to survive disaster, but it is an emotional roller coaster worth seeing just for its technical prowess.
Rated 10 Mar 2024
85
79th
I could watch Robert Redford struggling with nature all day
Rated 25 Sep 2021
70
56th
I am a fan of survival movies but their quality varies quite a lot. This is one of the better ones, with only Robert Redford carrying the story along. Open sea is creepy and the threat of it and the desperation that comes with the setbacks feel pretty real.
Rated 14 Jan 2021
51
62nd
"All is Lost" is elegant in its style and very realistic with solid acting. However, I can't say I found the story entertaining or engaging.
Rated 01 Jun 2018
82
60th
81.50
Rated 18 Feb 2018
80
89th
Watched it in the cinema, which probably helped its cause. Robert Redford is essential viewing, and I found the slow, drawn-out pacing relaxing. The ending gets my senses tingling.
Rated 31 Jan 2018
63
42nd
Solid drama memorable for an impressive one man show from Redford. Unfortunately a key strength of making the problems and solutions that the sailor encounters realistic and believable, is undermined notably by the less believable and unrealistic ending. Nonetheless this is a must see for anyone with an interest in sailing or outdoor survival.
Rated 30 Jan 2018
80
58th
Silence is beautiful. Redford is engaging and displays how vulnerable the human spirit really is during survival. The power of nature to embed man in desperation despite strength and knowledge.
Rated 25 Aug 2017
30
7th
All is lost ... especially my time http://bit.ly/2wtsFWy
Rated 26 Apr 2017
60
6th
may be good but wouldn't want to download and see
Rated 07 Mar 2015
8
80th
Groundbreaking and refreshing in its stark simplicity, with its lone character, isolated setting, complete absence of dialogue (or monologue), and numerous long continuous action shots. Given its lack of complexity or flashiness, its ability to engage is all the more marvelous, as the aforementioned elements, combined with Redford's solid performance, make it feel like you're right there with him at sea. It's an exciting, torturous, exhausting, and heart-wrenching tale of survival.
Rated 01 May 2016
52
43rd
Relatively viewable. A film to do something parallely while watching. Two or three words in the whole movie.
Rated 30 Mar 2016
90
85th
... In Wahrheit erleben wir hier in der Abwesenheit von Sprache einen Bewusstseinsstrom wie in Ulysses! Mit solchen Meisterwerken soll All Is Lost auch verglichen werden, denn Regisseur JC Chandor und Robert Redford legen hier einen modernen Klassiker vor, ein wahres Opus Magnum! (Dazu haben wir für euch die gewaltigsten Survival Filme ausgesucht auf der Empfehlungs-Seite unserer Videothek cinegeek.de
Rated 08 Feb 2016
60
48th
Like Gravity, it tries to find a middle ground between a genre picture and an art film. Unlike Gravity, it doesn't try to shoehorn obvious metaphors into the plot, it just lets its simple scenario play out on its own terms. But it suffers from a similar fate insofar as it's neither here nor there: it isn't as thrilling as a great survivalist pic or as poetic as an art film. The ending is also a cop out. Redford's commanding screen presence keeps it compelling and grounded.
Rated 16 Dec 2015
75
89th
Great film.
Rated 18 Nov 2015
76
69th
A good performance but it's not a film I'd ever watch more than once
Rated 02 Aug 2015
70
70th
Except for about 10 words, Redford is mute throughout. Music was good but sedate at times. A few scenes were muddled by the music. I struggled to keep my eyes open through some of it. Some surprisingly good moments. I intensely disliked his sinking at the end, it was a stupid addition. Otherwise it was entertaining & plausible. Lots of props for being unique and for keeping it real. However, I'd have gotten the fishing gear out on day one and would have been doing a hell of a lot more cussing.
Rated 12 Jul 2015
81
65th
Sometimes a difficult movie to watch, such is the amount of sadness and hopelessness.
Rated 31 May 2015
90
89th
I have been emotionally destroyed. I hate you, J.C. Chandor.
Rated 25 Apr 2015
7
73rd
Beautifully shot and superbly acted one man performance (practically dialogue free) this is a memorable and compelling film.
Rated 31 Dec 2013
90
95th
Powerful movie. A must see.
Rated 25 Jan 2014
80
85th
Slow steady edge of your seat tension. It's an excellent film with almost no dialog but full of action. Well worth a look.
Rated 22 Jan 2014
65
64th
A good film, but comparisons to Gravity are obvious and I don't think they come out in All is Lost's favor. The story is a bit more grounded in reality, but in a lot of ways that feels pointless when you really think about the fantastical nature of everything involved. The film is also more dedicated to its concept of isolation and survival, but I think there were times when it felt as though it was staying true for gimmick purposes rather than narrative ones. Worth a watch.
Rated 21 Jan 2014
1
16th
Should have been titled: Geriatric Beware of the Sea, or Facepalm: Wave Goodbye, or Suspension of Disbelief: Really!? There is absolutely nothing engaging about this film. The charachter is flat and it's basically a lineair registration of events I could have seen on Nat Geo. Things happen, but why should we care? The guy looks like he shouldn't even be at sea in the first place. I as a sailor found it a pain to watch and not at all believable. A failed experiment, not a film.
Rated 19 Jan 2014
57
64th
Next time, bring a tiger.
Rated 18 Jan 2014
84
73rd
Compelling man vs nature narrative is technically well-made, with Chandor using the cramped locations effectively to create a genuine feeling of claustraphobic desperation, and Redford is as compelling a protaganist as you would like on this journey. However given the character as presented is a blank slate, it is difficult to forget that it *is* Redford in the lead, meaning that the film is burdened from the start by the lack of a suspension of disbelief; casting an unknown might have helped.
Rated 14 Jan 2014
73
17th
Sab?rl? ve so?ukkanl? bir kuzeylinin suyla imtihan?
Rated 09 Jan 2014
71
66th
Ultimately, it's Robert Redford flailing around at sea for two hours, and I'm not my mother, so my attention strayed throughout. Interesting, though; executed very well by Chandor, and asks a lot of the same questions GRAVITY asked--about the nature of human existence, the nature of man's constant will to survive, etc.--only without as much of a sense of awe, wonder, and dread.
Rated 04 Jan 2014
80
81st
Two words: Robert Redford!
Rated 01 Jan 2014
71
43rd
"no CGI, no tiger, no fun" version of Life of Pi.. Just like Gravity you cant stop questioning what this geriatric amateur sailor doing in the middle of the ocean in the first place...
Rated 25 Jan 2014
65
54th
Major spoiler alert: all is not lost.
Rated 29 Dec 2013
65
22nd
My first thought after going from the theater was 'Someone saw the life of Pi and said 'Hell, I can make a film that's more boring than this!''. All joking aside, the performance (no plural here) is great and it did get me involved in the story; but in general, it just didn't cut it with me.
Rated 14 Dec 2013
65
70th
What was a 70-year old amateur sailor with little real knowledge of navigation doing in that part of the ocean? Redford handles the role very well, but leaves one wondering if the human race is falling on the evolutionary scale or if even senior citizens (who should be wiser) have become so dependent on technology that they believe they can take on any task without real knowledge. The ending was a bit too artsy, but the film worked.
Rated 27 Nov 2013
60
55th
Gravity in the ocean - with no dialogue and more nonsensical things. Great sound design, solid performance, gripping suspense. But long and at times tedious. The ending leaves much to be desired, unlike Gravity's momentous and inspiring conclusion.
Rated 25 Nov 2013
90
93rd
Better than Gravity for me. It doesn't feel like it needs to fill silence with dialogue, Redford's face says it all...I spent the entire film like :0 I genuinely did not know what was going to happen next. Unlike Gravity, which I still enjoyed...but could've really only ended one way...
Rated 13 Nov 2013
76
78th
Slow at times, but still transfixing because of Redford's performance.
Rated 12 Nov 2013
95
93rd
I think All Is Lost gives me what everybody else got out of Gravity. Redford's performance is simply excellent and I'm excited to see what JC Chandor does next, since he's clearly got some talent. My only problem with the film is the music. There are some moments that just use diegetic sound and they are clearly more powerful than anything with the score, though as it stands I've heard much worse, so maybe it is a moot point.
Rated 06 Nov 2013
22
70th
This film had more 'heart-in-throat' moments than Gravity.
Rated 01 Nov 2013
70
72nd
All Is Lost is an intense movie, even without offering quantities of content (one f-word, a minimum of violence, no sex). But all is certainly not lost in this deep tale of a man and the sea. As harrowing as the film is, it's equally encouraging, filled with creativity and courageous action. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 25 Oct 2013
80
89th
All is Lost is a powerful tale of the human spirit. It is wonderfully filmed and performed. Robert Redford will be nominated for all of the acting awards for which he is eligible, and he'll likely win a lot of them. He's that good here. It might not move at a quick pace but that doesn't mean that it isn't thrilling from start to finish. This is a smart and engaging survival film and I recommend giving it a watch.
Rated 16 Feb 2014
66
73rd
A great example of how you don't need back story to make a great character, especially not if you have an actor like Robert Redford.
Rated 08 May 2014
90
29th
An elderly, affluent man's unfortunate sailing trip.
Rated 29 Apr 2014
83
88th
This was beautiful, but also visceral, abstract, and so simple in its elemental rawness. Redford is magnificent, and what can I say, it's not for everyone, but I loved it.
Rated 29 Apr 2014
94
91st
An utterly captivating tour-de-force. Robert Redford's performance is masterful, conveying desperation as convincingly as any portrayal I've ever seen on screen; it helps that the visual effects and sound editing are phenomenally convincing, imbuing every frame with a real sense of drama and a palpable intensity. A beautiful, breathtaking film.
Rated 26 Apr 2014
37
16th
Lost at sea with just about the most stupid guy in the world.
Rated 22 Apr 2014
7
57th
All Is Lost is possibly the most unsung and unrecognised film of 2013. I probably could of watched hours of Robert Redford lost at sea. Considering he's been out of the lime light for so many years, Robert Redford gives an incredibly bold performance and he effortlessly commands the stage. And I don't think I've ever seen a face tell a story like his does. J.C. Chandor's Oscar worthy direction is superb and he masterfully creates one of the most engaging film experiences I've ever witnessed.
Rated 04 Apr 2014
75
81st
There have been other 'survivor'-type movies like this before, but I still thought this was great. It just goes to show that you don't need much to make a film interesting or engaging. Moreover, it shows that you don't need a contrived backstory to make a story of survival compelling. I'm looking at you, Gravity. Robert Redford is excellent - his performance is understated, yet powerful. Not to mention, it's an impressive role for a guy in his late 70s. It's a good film, and I recommend it.
Rated 21 Feb 2014
73
77th
So little information is given that the film inspires a wealth of interpretations, from existentialist "you are what you do" to religious "follow Me if you want to live" and shades in between.
Rated 20 Feb 2014
55
34th
Redford commands our attention in this technically assured but narratively static survival film.
Rated 16 Feb 2014
50
29th
meh..
Rated 03 Jun 2014
60
50th
There's no talking. No background story. No usual story arc. Only Robert Redford. It is nice to see something different like that, but I still do wonder why he thought this trip was a good idea. The boat seems way too small for the big open sea.
Rated 13 Feb 2014
33
4th
I hope this film gets lost. Yes, I agree it is a pretty film. There are some nice shots of the ocean and the sound editing is Oscar worthy. The film is just bad though. If you have seen one survival film then you have seen this one...
Rated 12 Feb 2014
87
86th
This is one fine piece of film-making. Plot and dialog is normally of little interest to me if it doesn't add anything to the film. Having next-to-nothing of either, while still succeeding in gripping you, is quite remarkable these days. Save for the ending, it holds up extremely well throughout and fortunately never drifts into being a morality tale or overtly symbolic. Its beautiful in all its simplicity and through hints we discover more about this man than most recent films ever allow us.
Rated 12 Feb 2014
90
87th
Excellent. Pleasantly surprised.
Rated 12 Feb 2014
53
9th
Gravity meets Cast Away wouldn't be an inappropriate description. Redford's quiet stoicism adds a meditative quality to this that I greatly enjoyed, but the film gets bogged down by irrelevant ideas (e.g. shooting flares at a passing ship builds neither suspense or hope when the film opens with a future journal entry from Redford about being resigned to his fate) and ultimately falls flat with Chandor's refusal to commit to a conclusion.
Rated 06 Feb 2014
67
43rd
I really liked the lack of score and the hopelessness of it all, but Chandor's directing and the cgi aren't quite as good as the could be.
Rated 04 Feb 2014
65
48th
I liked the slow pacing and was quite impressed by the realistic approach...until they tossed all logic overboard (scnr). Usually I don't mind, but this one could have been really great, if they had left out all the dumb stuff. Redford is excellent though.
Rated 30 Jan 2014
85
90th
This is about as much as I could expect from a one-man-against-all-odds with a star name attached. It feels real, it's mostly understated and Redford is a suitably laconic lead for the part, although there is some star baggage there that's impossible to ignore.
Rated 30 Jan 2014
81
66th
Although it's a straight-forward tale and telling, it's effective in that regard. A technical achievement in how extraordinary it looks and sounds, this all grounded by Redford's bad-ass performance who completely sells the increasing emotional and physical weariness. I wouldn't be one to say this film is shallow, it's themes of survival and the repetition used to achieve it echoes that of the similarly wrongfully accused Gravity.
Rated 29 Jan 2014
44
19th
This was the first film I watched after my dear grandma passed away -- and I guess it wasn't enough to strike me as it should. It looks like every recent survival movie out there, featuring actually that specific travelling shot that leaves the character alone in the middle of nowhere -- The Deep and Gravity also have this kind of visual solution. Louis C.K. review at Opie & Anthony sums it up.

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