The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Let me start off by saying that Paul Greengrass is a very talented director, and has been for a while. I think he could make anything intense. He does just that in this movie. You can feel the intensity and are gripped from the start. The use of handheld cameras is strong, and Greengrass is masterful with them here. And yes, it does get a little over-used and jarring at times, but mostly its really successful.
The story it self, is unfortunately pulled back by the realism of it. It loses its pace and grip because its obviously a true story. However, thanks the character driven issues, you never get that bored. The title character is so interesting and desperately upsetting at times. The pirates are also deep as the so called ‘bad guys’, and when that inevitable moment happens, it’ll break your heart.
Tom Hanks is obviously outstanding in the lead; very authentic and relatable. The rest of his team also have this real quality about them, very found footage like. Barkhad Abdi is of course the new comer, and is also very real, whilst being absolutely terrifying.
I loved this film, it’s thoroughly exciting, and also very toughing. Its a real shame it didn’t get a great amount of recognition, as I would put it above a lot of the Oscar winners.
Captain Phillips is intensely gripping and touching; thanks to some top notch directing and some top notch acting. – 4.5/5
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