The beautiful and shocking true story that reached Hollywood fame – “Adrift” Movie Review

Hey guys! I hope you’re all doing good! I recently saw the drama/thriller “Adrift” and normally I wouldn’t have written a review about it, but, this specific story inspired me. The movie did come out a while ago (the premiere was on June 1st) but I haven’t stopped thinking about its fascinating true story that really inspired me, so, after it became a famous film I thought it would be perfect for today’s post. Here we go. These are my thoughts on 2018’s “Adrift”.
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(A little disclaimer): As this is a « plot-twist » movie I decided to do a spoiler-free review today. Enjoy!
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STX FilmsShailene Woodley stars as Tami Oldham.
STX Films Shailene Woodley stars as Tami Oldham.

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This fascinating movie stars Shailene Woodley who you might know from “Divergent” or the touching story of “The Fault in Our Stars”, but, in this film, she did an amazing job playing the role as Tami Oldham. Shailene co-starred alongside Sam Claflin who played the role of Richard Sharp in this film (who is Tami’s love interest). You may know him from his very well known role in “Me Before You” and the equally as good rom-com; “Love, Rosie”. In the movie, these two characters meet each other in Tahiti and slowly, after getting to know each other for a while (and forming a love interest) they decide to go sail across the world together. Richard is a yacht owner and was, therefore, able to take Tami along with him. Not long after their departure from shore, they end up in a hurricane that resulted in being one of the most catastrophic storms in recorded history. Tami survived with minor injuries and Richard ended up in bad shape, along with his boat. They are then left on their own with no hope of rescue in sight and are far away from any land.
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If you want to watch a sad movie tonight, this might be the one for you. It was gripping from start to finish. Throughout the movie, you go from perfect love story to the drama of survival. The film is all about endurance and the determination to survive. The movie itself was very good but I did not find it to be absolutely amazing.
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As I was so fascinated by this story I decided to do some research on what was the true story and what was Hollywood made up. I was sad to discover that most of the story was true, this made me sad because the story was so horrific and I cannot imagine being in a situation as such.

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Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley star in ADRIFTCourtesy of STXfilms
Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley star in ADRIFTCourtesy of STX films

Here is what I can share with you without spoiling the story:
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The true story happened in 1983. Richard Sharp and his fiancée Tami Oldham were paid to deliver a yacht to San Diego from Tahiti. As they were sailing across the Pacific Ocean they hit the Hurricane Raymond (one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history, hitting at a category 5). Tami managed to survive on peanut butter and canned foods for 41 days after they got hit by the storm (as shown in the movie). Tami also truthfully did only use a sextant and a watch to help navigate 1500 miles all the way to Hawaii. She did so even with a very damaged boat, head injuries, and malnutrition.
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This is an incredible story of survival and although the movie was a fair 7/10 to me, I’ll still categorize it as a must-watch.
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If you’re interested in the story I would recommend reading Tami’s memoir; “Red Sky in Mourning: A true story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea”.
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That’s it for today’s post! Let me know if you saw “Adrift” or if you’re interested in watching it now. Also, have you ever heard of Tami Oldham?

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P.S. How cute is Sam Claflin hihi?!
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Lots of LOVE, as always,
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Tiffany Lea

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Hi, my name is Tiffany Lea. I'm a globetrotter and blogger. I posted every 2 to 3 days about everything ranging from events to travel to movies & tv shows to fashion...! Join me on all my adventures around the world! Instagram: @tiffanyzimmy

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