Captain Phillips – Movie Review


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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Catch Me If You Can – Movie Review


A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

This is the sort of film that’s always on British TV on a Sunday afternoon; and I have to put it on. Then i’ll end up watching the full 2 hours plus and not regret a thing.

Steven Spielberg has crafted a stylish film here, that just breezes along. It’s so easy to watch, making it the most lovable of films. Its not particularly fast paced, but it moves from scene to scene with no struggle and such ease.

The story itself is really quite captivating. It has this caper quality, without really being a caper. Its just a plot line that is made by a like-able character. Frank Abagnale Jr is really charming and interesting to say the least.

There’s not much more I can say apart from that Di Caprio is fantastic. He is feeble at the start then turns more and more inside out as the film goes on. Tom Hanks is of course really good as well; being excellently useless. The rest of the cast is solid, Christopher Walken has some great lines, and Amy Adams is very very cute.

This film is really hard to review because honestly its just a gentle but brilliant watch. Its thrilling, funny, interesting and well acted. Its just as simple as that.

Spielberg has done well to make a breezy and sweet movie, with a great lead from Di Caprio. – 4.5/5


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