Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips (2013) Movie Review
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Mahat M. Ali, Catherine Keener
Director: Paul Greengrass
Censor Certificate: UA
Runtime: 135 Minutes
Watched at Prasadz, Hyderabad
“They’re not here to fish”
Based on a true story, Captain Richard Phillips and his crew being hijacked by a crew of Somali pirates. However, the Somali pirates aren’t nearly as smart as they think they are, leading the Captain and his crew to attempt to stop the pirates from causing any real harm. But, when the captain is taken hostage by the pirates, all hell breaks loose and the Navy comes in to recover Captain Phillips and to negotiate with the ruthless pirates before it’s too late. Movie totally based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” novel by Captain Richard Phillips himself.
Tom Hanks delivers of his most assured, affecting and complete performances after Cast Away as the eponymic Captain, with fine support from Somalian-American newcomers, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed and Mahat M. Ali. Especially Hanks last scene is speechless. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi deserves a special mention. He is just as impressive, with his cut cheekbones and emaciated body and wild eyes conveying so much emotion. You can almost smell his desperation through the screen.
“Don’t worry Irish, everything will be ok”
Director Paul Greengrass has directed United 93 and the last two Bourne movies, so it’s no surprise that Captain Philips doesn’t disappoint. Paul Greengrass is able to perfectly adapt a story and add his own effect to enhance the story and make it interesting for everyone. The film follows two captains Phillips and Muse as they clash at sea and things get intense. Captain Phillips is more of a suspenseful thriller that is diligently crafted and powerful. It even went as far to focus on both sides of the story. At one point I wondered if I was starting to commiserate for one of the pirates, Muse. The film’s biggest problem is the pacing. The beginning is quite slowand unnecessary, with wife seeming to exist only for forced fellow feeling something that was handled better on the pirate’s side. Beginning with the lifeboat section drags, but it never becomes too uninteresting. The sound design is very good, and the score is aptly epic. Handheld cameramovements gives almost eyewitness view & makes the film even more tense than it should be. Editing work shines and Production values are great.
Captain Phillips stays true to its story and backs up all of the hype. Paul Greengrassis back once again to bring you shaky cameras and action packed thrilling scenes. Captain Phillips another breathless triumph for Paul Greengrass, although the film truly belongs to Tom Hanks, who puts in one of the great performances of his celebrated career. It is one of the most impressive and well-craftedflicks of 2013.
Survi Review: 3.5/5