“Adrift,” the new movie from director Baltasar Kormákur, (“Everest” and “2 Guns”) is a stirring, survivalist drama that’s actually based on the memoir: “Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea” by author and sailor Tami Oldham.
Shailene Woodley (“Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars”) stars as Oldham, a 23-year-old Californian who is eager to travel the world and soak up as many exciting life experiences as she can.Things begin to look up for Tami when she arrives in Tahiti, finds an odd job at a marina and is introduced to a dashing and handsome British sailor named Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin, “The Hunger Games” and “My Cousin Rachel”).
In 1983, Richard and Tami set sail from Tahiti to San Diego. It’s the farthest the two have sailed at one time, but they’re confident they can do it. What they didn’t expect three weeks into their voyage was Hurricane Raymond to touch down with 40 foot waves and 140 mile-per hour winds.The hurricane rips their boat apart, knocks Tami unconscious and tosses Sam overboard. When Tami regains consciousness, she realizes the ship is going down, her communications system is broken, her food supply is dwindling and Richard is adrift at sea.
Will she survive?