WHY WE CARE


Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

YOUR STORIES


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"

SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

PLUGGED IN RATING

Watch This Review

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Movie Review

In the summer of '83, Tami Oldham is making her way to … well, just about anywhere the next salty breeze might blow her. She really isn't concerned about the where. In fact, about five years before, the wandering twentysomething realized all she really needed in life was sunshine, beautiful surroundings, some surf, some sand and a job or two that would help her put back a few bucks for her next spur-of-the-moment trip. And that's the way it's been ever since.

"When you going back home?" she's asked. And she jauntily replies, "Maybe once I see the world." In this particular moment, though, she's enjoying Tahiti and a small job on a local pier. It's more than enough.

When Tami meets a kindred spirit named Richard, though, things take a sharp port-side veer. This good looking Englishman and his homemade boat blow into port. He and Tami meet, exchange a bit of smiling banter, and before you can holler, "Drop the mainsail," Tami's vagabond urges are tucked neatly away in her old duffel bag. Right beneath those wool socks she never wears.

Love blossoms. Hugs, kisses and dreams are exchanged. And Tami and Richard start talking about sailing 'round the world together. Richard regales her with stories about the miseries of sailing a small boat across the open ocean—the cold, the wet, the loneliness, the hunger, the hallucinations. And it all sounds so completely … wonderful.

Then a job falls in their laps. A wealthy couple is willing to pay them $10,000 to deliver a 44-foot yacht to California. It's a mere 4,000 mile trip, and in a few weeks they could earn enough to keep them traveling for a year.

It's perfect. It's idyllic. It's a done deal.

Until, that is, they encounter a massive storm, a tropical depression that leaves them broken and adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean … in the fall of '83.

Positive Elements

Tami and Richard make numerous declarations of their love to each other. In fact, when Richard gets the offer to sail the yacht to California, he's initially ready to turn it down because Tami isn't sure she wants to return home to California. "I sailed halfway around the world to find you," Richard tells Tami. "I'm not leaving now." Tami returns the sentiment. In the midst of their long, painful ordeal adrift, she murmurs, "I wouldn't trade this for anything," if the alternative meant having never met Richard. We also see Richard propose and Tami accept.

There's no question that this pair spurs each other on to keep trying, keep hoping, no matter what. In fact, it's made plain that Tami's love for her fiancé drives her forward even when he's on the brink of succumbing to his injuries.

Spiritual Content

After smelling a particular flower's scent, Tami notes, "It's like God put those on Earth to mask the smell of burning trash." Twice during Tami and Richard's ocean journey, a dove lands on their boat, a seemingly symbolic spiritual message of hope.

Sexual Content

In a flashback to happier times, Tami's body is on constant display as she's shown in skimpy swimsuits, bikinis, a low-cut dress and underwear. She and Richard embrace and kiss on numerous occasions. In one scene she jokingly pokes at Richard saying, "Why are you trying to have sex with me?"

After much trauma at sea, a scene shows Tami's naked, emaciated and bruised form from the back and briefly from the side (a shot that includes some breast nudity). In other moments, her braless anatomy is accentuated while she struggles against battering, cold blasts of sea water.

Violent Content

During the violent storm at sea, gigantic waves batter the small sailing yacht that Richard and Tami are desperately trying to navigate. Masts snap, sails tear, and the boat and its contents are crumpled and twisted.

Of course, that goes triple for the human passengers. The storm bashes both of them relentlessly. They're tossed around like rag dolls. After the fact, Tami has a bloody gash on her forehead and other large bruises and cuts on her arms and legs. She eventually sews the nasty laceration on her head together with a needle and thread.

Richard's right leg is horribly mangled. The camera repeatedly gazes at his gaping wounds and ravaged flesh. His torso is also swollen and bruised; he reports that he's broken several ribs. His condition worsens as infection riddles his leg and as he becomes less and less lucid due to a raging fever. Both Tami and Richard suffer as well from a lack of food combined with the sun's punishing rays, their skin mottled and their bodies gaunt.

Tami almost drowns on a few occasions. Once, she finds herself trapped beneath a sail in the water as she tries to detach it and the mast from the wrecked boat. Richard talks about the impact his mother's suicide (by hanging, he relates) had on him as a boy.

Crude or Profane Language

One f-word and two s-words join one or two uses each of "d--n" and "h---." God's name is misused four times and Jesus' name twice. The British crudity "bloody" is spit out once, too.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Tami smokes a marijuana joint. She and Richard drink wine, beer and champagne. Others imbibe as well. Tami tells a story about her mother taking her out to get totally drunk when she turned 16. Tami finds cigars onboard the yacht. We see her holding one, but she doesn't light up.

Other Negative Elements

Tami gets violently ill on the deck of the crumpled yacht. She also hallucinates during her agonizing journey. While talking about parental strains during her childhood, Tami reports, "I heard a lot of things most girls never have to hear."

Conclusion

Adrift is one of those films that sails through some pretty major cinematic crosswinds. On one hand, it's a well-acted survival tale and love story. It's a pic that builds to a wind-whipped, perilous peak and showcases intense dedication, incredible self-sacrifice and heroic endurance.

On the other hand, this can be a very difficult film to watch at times. The stunningly realistic mainsail-snapping storm resolves itself in painful-looking and bloody, mangled-flesh ways. Then, the long weeks of starvation and physical torment can be truly miserable and gut-churning (even as that intensity is occasionally lessened with flashbacks to happier times).

Add in some brief nudity (albeit picturing Tami's admittedly battered body), barely clothed sensuality and a smattering of rough-edged language, and, well, you've got a perilous sea adventure that some potential viewers will want to navigate clear of.

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Shailene Woodley as Tami Oldham; Sam Claflin as Richard Sharp; Jeffrey Thomas as Peter; Elizabeth Hawthorne as Christine

Director

Baltasar Kormákur ( )

Distributor

STX Entertainment

Network

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

In Theaters

June 1, 2018

On Video

September 4, 2018

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Bob Hoose

Content Caution

Kids
Teens
Adults
We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!