Movie Review: Adrift



Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is the action/adventure film Adrift. 

The film has a limited cast featuring Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafin. There are only three other characters featured in the film for a brief period of time.

Adrift is loosley based on a true story. I never heard of the story until I saw the film. I Googled it afterwards. It’s really rather interesting.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft was a young lady who was traveling the world on her own. She went from place to place taking jobs here and there to make money to pay for meals and a place to stay. She would stay someplace for a few weeks or months before moving on to another location.

Tami came to Tahiti on a ship where she worked as a cook. Once in Tahiti she took a job at a marina, tending to ships and doing odd jobs. That is where she met a handsome young man named Richard Sharp.

Richard was from England. She was traveling the world on a ship that he made himself.

Richard and Tami became friends but it quickly turned into romance. The pair spent the next few months together on Tahiti, making plans on what to do next.

One evening Richard and Tami bumped into old friends of Richard’s from England. They arrived in Tahiti on their ship, the Hazana. They asked Richard if he would be interested in sailing their ship to San Diego for $10,000 and a first class plane ticket back to Tahiti. Richard agreed as long as they paid for two plane tickets – one for him and one for Tami.

The duo set off for San Diego, California, which is almost 4,000 miles away. Richard is an experienced sailor and Tami knows enough to be of help to Richard.

During their journey they are faced with a horrific storm (Hurricane Raymond) which leaves the ship destroyed and Richard severely injured. Now it’s up to Tami to not only take care of Richard, but also to find a way to get the ship to sail to Hawaii, which is the closest land to their known location. The only problem is, if they miss the Hawaiian islands they will be at a point of no return and they will die adrift on the ocean. Or they could run out of food and water and die as well. Neither outcome is good.

Will Tami and Richard survive being lost and adrift at sea in the Pacific ocean? Will they be rescued before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up, or download, Adrift. Look for it wherever movies are sold.

Don’t Google their story. You don’t want to ruin the film for you.

It is a fascinating story. I could not imagine what it felt like to be lost at sea with no hope of being rescued because you are drifting in areas that boats don’t travel. I also cannot imagine not having access to food and water.

The story bounces around, which I was not too fond of. It starts off with the couple after their boat was destroyed, then it back tracks to when Tami came to Tahiti. Then it bounces back to the destroyed ship. The movie continues to do that until the backstory finally catches up with the present time. I would have preferred that they started from the beginning and worked their way chronologically.

The film can be slow at times, but that is fine. The film makers had to address how the couple arrived in Tahiti and how they met before showing them setting sail for San Diego.

I wish they would have given more insight into Tami’s background as well as Richard’s. I’d like to know what inspired Tami to drift around the world, and what caused Richard to feel the same way.

I was shocked by the outcome of the story. It’s not what you think it is. I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong. You’ll be surprised too when you watch the film.

There are bonus features that I didn’t get a chance to watch. The night we watched the film our son cut his finger on the deli slicer (he works at the deli in a grocery store). We had to take him to the emergency room, so watching the bonus features were not top priority at that moment in time.

Bonus features include;

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Survival at Sea – An interview with the cast and filmmakers 
  • Braving the Elements – A behind-the-scenes look at filming in the open waters
  • Journey– Shailene Woodley takes viewers on a journey into Adrift
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • Feature Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Shailene Woodley

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Remember, the film is no longer in theaters.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.