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“Oh Captain, My Captain!” ‘Captain Phillips’ movie review


Captain Phillips Theatrical Poster (Wikipedia)

In “Captain Phillips,” Tom Hanks stars as Richard Phillips, a man whose American cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, gets hijacked off the Somali coast by a group of Somali pirates played by Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed and Mahat M. Ali.

Throughout their treacherous journey, Captain Phillips devises a plan to save himself and his crew by misleading the pirates aboard the vessel until help arrives. When he gets taken hostage, Phillips abandons his crew and his ship and sets off on a thrill seeking adventure filled with uncertainty, risk-taking and mind games.

Paul Greengrass, who directed this film, did a remarkable job of creating tension, an uneasy atmosphere, and suspense throughout the entire two hours and 35 minutes of this film. From start to finish you never knew what was going to happen next.

I think the movie having been based on a true story and the novel,  A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates,  Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea written by the real Richard Phillips, made it resonate with audiences more because it felt as though we were there experiencing what he experienced and we felt sympathy for him and his crew.

You know a film is good when it puts you on the edge of your seat and leaves you there until the very end. The filmmakers and writers knew exactly what they were doing so I applaud them for that.

The outstanding acting performances in this film made it worth watching. Tom Hanks and all of the supporting actors proved themselves award-worthy just through their performances. This is important because very rarely have I seen a movie where every actor played his part well and contributed positively to a film as a whole.

This cast did a remarkable job at being believable, which I think is the most important skill to learn in the acting business, otherwise audiences will be tempted to lose interest and not get as invested in the film as they should be.

After viewing “Captain Phillips,” I felt a lot of hatred toward the pirates until I reminded myself that they were not real pirates, but that they are actors who were just doing their job by playing a role. I think that says a lot about them as actors if they can be so convincing in their villainy.

As far as things I did not like about “Captain Phillips,” there was one technical aspect of the film that bothered me: it was the shaky camera work during the first 5-10 minutes.

This shaky feeling made the film felt amateurish and makes audiences want to revert their eyes so that they won’t get motion sickness. Eventually the shakiness is less noticeable and after the first 15-20 minutes it gets better on the eyes and remains that way for the film’s duration.

I hope to see this movie succeed as well as everyone involved with it. I would rate this film a 9/10. Great story, great acting, and an overall great atmosphere.

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