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Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin

Rated: PG-13  for injury images, peril, language, brief drug use, partial nudity and thematic elements.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: June 1, 2018 Released by: STX Entertainment

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in this true story based on Tami Oldham Ashcraft's memoir Red Sky In Mourning .  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur the film depicts the devastating results of Hurricane Raymond.

A young couple, Tami (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) meet in Tahiti in 1983.  He's a serious, quiet man who's planning to take his yacht on a trip around the world.  She's carefree, 23 and working at the marina to make enough money to get her to her next destination.

However, both of their plans change when a couple that knows Richard hires him to bring their yacht from Tahiti to their home in San Diego.  He asks Tami to join him, and although she wasn't ready to return to her home state of California, she accepts.
The scenes switch back and forth between the Island and we see how they meet and fall in love and then to their boat and the eventual devastation of the September storm.   Tami is a bundle of energy and teaches Richard to jump off of a cliff into a river and how to enjoy life, and he teaches her about his boat.

The storm is truly frightening.  The pounding sound, the darkness and the unknown is enough to make you hold your breath.  The visual of a wave that gets more and more powerful until it fills the entire screen, with the tiny boat in the foreground, made me swear that I would never get into boat on an ocean.

The storm throws Richard out of the boat and tosses Tami around the cabin like a rag doll.  When she finally comes to, she discovers that the boat is almost destroyed and Richard is missing.  After scanning the water, she sees him hanging onto the dinghy and jumps in to drag him back to the boat.  He has broken ribs, a severe leg injury and a fever. 

Tami has to do things she's never done before in order to survive.  She has to ration the small amount of food that's left - peanut butter, some ginger beer and sardines. She has to learn how to spear fish and eat it raw.  She fixes holes in the side of the boat and uses ropes to repair the mast. But, most importantly she learns how to use a sextant and change course to Hawaii.

The story is remarkable.  How someone who is not an expert sailor

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