Adrift Movie Re­view


mailife - - Contents - By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Pho­tos by JONE LUVENITOGA

Amer­i­can ac­tress Shai­lene Woodley may have Fiji at heart since she is dat­ing Fiji na­tional rugby rep Ben Volavola. Our rough seas along Raki­raki, Navua and Suva where most of the movie scenes were shot, did not de­ter Woodley’s heart. She met Volavola while shoot­ing Adrift. The movie is an Amer­i­can ro­man­tic drama, a true story about two avid sailors – Tami Old­ham (played by Shai­lene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin). The cou­ple set out on a jour­ney across the Pa­cific Ocean in 1983 and sailed di­rectly into a hur­ri­cane. They had set sail from Tahiti and after en­coun­ter­ing the hur­ri­cane, had to nav­i­gate to Hawaii with no com­mu­ni­ca­tions or nav­i­ga­tion tools. The movie was shot around Suva and Navua but most of the open water scenes were shot in Raki­raki. In com­par­i­son to the movie Cast­away, re­leased in 2000 star­ring Tom Hanks and He­len Hunt, the Adrift is in my view bet­ter in the sense that the cou­ple are to­gether on board the boat and are able to con­verse and re­flect on how their re­la­tion­ship has pro­gressed de­spite the tragedy at sea. Hanks had no­body to talk with. Lo­cals watch­ing Adrift will en­joy see­ing the fa­mil­iar sights of home: in­clud­ing watch­ing Woodley en­joy a hearty meal at one of the food stalls at Suva Mu­nic­i­pal Mar­ket. In an­other scene, the cou­ple have din­ner and later go danc­ing to mu­sic by one of our lo­cal boy bands In­side Out. Be warned, though, that the movie takes you back and forth be­tween past and present day scenes, so you will have to re­main fo­cused in or­der to fully un­der­stand the movie. As most of the scenes were shot in our own beau­ti­ful coun­try, I’m keep my fin­gers crossed that it will at­tract more visi­tors to our is­lands after see­ing our beau­ti­ful sandy beaches and what Fiji has to of­fer.

Adrift poster

Tami Old­ham and Richard Sharp

Woodley and Caflin on set

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