Tom's Review of Captain Phillips
This film is pretty straight-forward, simple dialogue and acting and not much depth. Just a guy who gets on a ship and starts to sail off. It's not really til the action kicks in that it simply becomes fascinating to watch - and to realize that this kind of thing actually happens. And once it does -- the acting kicks in. The Somalians are impressive and bring a level of realness to it. Towards the end is when the film kicks it up a notch higher... that's when it becomes very fascinating to see how far our US Government and Navy goes to put an end to this situation. It's a grand scale that must've been amazing to coordinate and film. And you can't help but feel like perhaps you're one of the Americans in trouble and maybe this is how far the US would go to get you back, too. By the time the film is over, you can't help but feel like you've gone through the SHOCK of a kidnapping with Hanks, who is a mentally cool and tough character the entire time... til the end... and when that time comes for his "play-it-cool" act to break, he crushes the performance out of the park. I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry, again, feeling like I was kidnapped on a boat. Like the scale and uniqueness of the film, Hanks' performance gets better and better as time goes by.