Captain Phillips Reviews
The sweat, the blood, the tension and the urgency, everything is projected majestically that it is impossible not to get into it within a few minutes; its an exhilarating experience to encounter this feature especially since its 134 minutes long. Captain Philips hits fast and hard right into the guts of the viewers and the characters offering breathtaking action sequences and compelling counter-attacking arguments that pumps the heartbeat up. Paul Greengrass gets it right again; everything is up to the mark, brilliant execution, perfect editing and gripping screenplay. Tom Hanks is amazing in depicting a real person again; especially his breakdown at the last scene is something to look forward to, and is supported with a great performance by Barkhad Abdi. Captain Phillips is not a normal 'true story' feature, but a tightly packed entertainment that stays true to its nature and tone from head to toe.
Inteligente, tensa e intrigante; una obra maestra de Paul Greengrass.
The movie starts out with Phillips leaving his family on his way to his job as captain of the Alabama. Phillips doesn't take nonsense from his crew and proceeds to run routine drills for safety measures. The pirates are briefly seen taking orders from the warlords and then start out on their mission. They find the Alabama and follow in skiffs. That's when the tension kicks in. The Alabama is unarmed and has only hoses to stop the pirates. Once the pirates make it onboard the scene intensifies with the Somali leader, Muse, who shoves a gun in Hanks' face. Muse is played by Barkhad Abdi, who's never acted before and he crushes his scenes. Muse calls the captain "Irish" and wants millions but the ship only has $30,000 onboard.
The movie sets into a gripping cat-and-mouse game between the crew and pirates, and does not stop there. Greengrass gives Muse and the captain time, onboard the lifeboat, to share beliefs and fears with each other. Their formula grows here and Greengrass executes this brilliantly. Hanks, who has been superb throughout his career, gives us an emotional post-traumatic stress scene at the end, which amplifies the movie. I'm sensing another Oscar nomination for Hanks this January. Captain Phillips is a grand thriller and raises the bar for movies in 2013.