Redford starring in his new film, “All Is Lost.”
For the character, known only as Our Man, the moment is a reminder that the sea is in charge. For viewers, it’s a reminder of every Redford performance that has come before, from the Sundance Kid to the Horse Whisperer and beyond. At 77, with ash-colored sideburns and a face as pocked and dried as the Bonneville Salt Flats, he still shows flashes of the lovable conman in “The Sting,” the dogged reporter of “All the President’s Men,” the Great Gatsby . . . even the preppy hunk who tamed Barbra Streisand in “The Way We Were.” He’s still Robert Redford, movie star (no less than “Bob” Redford, filmmaker, activist, Sundance Institute founder and mentor), and these days he just seems happy when someone notices.