Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
My nerves were on edge throughout most of the movie despite the fact that I knew the outcome would be good for Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks was absolutely beyond exceptional--and particularly in the last few moments of the movie. His near breakdown (catharsis?) at the end and his acting as he was assessed and treated in the ship's medical facility was truly believable and skilled.
The casting of the Somali pirates was awesome. The skinny, malnutrition-appearing bodies not only seemed appropriate, but somehow underneath represented the sheer desperation of men in a broken-down society. Despite their fierceness and determination, somehow there was sympathy for their plight.
The skills of the Navy Seals and the warships that gave assistance were gratifying to see and yet there was every possibility that the outcome could have been different.
Absolutely loved this movie!!!
(Definitely not for children).
TOM HANKS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS. HE IS MAGNIFICENT IN HIS PORTRAYAL OF CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. THIS MOVIE HAS IT ALL, TRUE STORY, AMAZING CINEMATORGRAPHY, ACTION, SUSPENSE, AND TUG AT YOUR HEARTSTRINGS EMOTION. DO NOT WAIT FOR DVD. GO SEE THIS 'ACADEMY AWARD WINNER" NOW.
Starts out like a normal day and quickly builds up to leave you at the edge of your seat. Even with the knowledge of how the story will likely end, the drama is still suspenseful! The actors were masterful. The language is relatively very clean but the intense action may be disturbing for younger audiences. The 2 hours pass by very quickly. We thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Even though you know it's Tom Hanks the entire time and it's a film, it still was very tense throughout and felt like they were on a tiny lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. The best shot of the movie is shortly after the lifeboat is launched, showing it sailing toward Somalia and the Maersk Alabama trailing behind. Amazing shot that gave the true sense of scale to both ships. Well done Paul Greengrass.
This being Paul Greengrass there is some shaky camera work but it's more intentional, in the spirit of Bloody Sunday rather than the Bourne films. If it was hard to follow some of the action it took no time to figure out what had happened.
A very gripping film.