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Captain Phillips (2013)

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Details: 134 mins · English

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great performance by Tom Hanks in a good movie

The beginning of Captain Phillips is very slow - I found my mind wandering, and prepared myself for a dreary two hours. But as soon as the pirates start chasing the Alabama, the film goes into high gear, and the action doesn't let up until the last seconds.

Tom Hanks gives a phenomenal performance here - just give the man an Oscar and have done with it. He perfectly conveys Phillips's resourcefulness, resolve, cleverness, and kindness. And there is a very intense scene at the end where the adrenaline wears off and he just has a breakdown, which was painful to watch in the best way.

The other great thing about the movie is how it gives a sense for the volatility of the situation. The pirates are not smooth-talking villains - rather, they are desperate, dysfunctional, and loud. The scenes where they all start yelling at each other are terrifying - what they're yelling is mostly incomprehensible, but one gets the sense that they could shoot at any second.

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The beginning of Captain Phillips is very slow - I found my mind wandering, and prepared myself for a dreary two hours. But as soon as the pirates start chasing the Alabama, the film goes into high gear, and the action doesn't let up until the last seconds.

Tom Hanks gives a phenomenal performance here - just give the man an Oscar and have done with it. He perfectly conveys Phillips's resourcefulness, resolve, cleverness, and kindness. And there is a very intense scene at the end where the adrenaline wears off and he just has a breakdown, which was painful to watch in the best way.

The other great thing about the movie is how it gives a sense for the volatility of the situation. The pirates are not smooth-talking villains - rather, they are desperate, dysfunctional, and loud. The scenes where they all start yelling at each other are terrifying - what they're yelling is mostly incomprehensible, but one gets the sense that they could shoot at any second.

What wasn't well-developed was the people trying to rescue Captain Phillips - I got the sense that there are different factions involved, but I was very fuzzy on who they actually were. Then again, I didn't much care about them, so it's just as well. (less)

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The Reality of It All

At it's heart, Captain Phillips (the film, not the person) has one attribute that helps to both make and break itself; realism. There is a constant battle presented to its audience as the movie tries to make sense of the story it tries to tell. And, while it ultimately succeeds at telling an engrossing tale, I can't help but feel like there were some sacrifices made that weaken the piece as a whole.
If you don;t know what this film is about, don't, because once you do know, its pretty much all over. All the tension, interest, and interesting portions of the story are based around you not knowing what will happen next. It thrives off people being at the edges of their seats, unsure of the fates of the characters at hand.
Speaking of which, I found the characters to be something of a mixed bag. While our two leads were rather compelling figures to follow, I found myself caring little, if at all, for anyone else involved, and, in some ways, the movie knows this. At the beginning of the p...(more)

At it's heart, Captain Phillips (the film, not the person) has one attribute that helps to both make and break itself; realism. There is a constant battle presented to its audience as the movie tries to make sense of the story it tries to tell. And, while it ultimately succeeds at telling an engrossing tale, I can't help but feel like there were some sacrifices made that weaken the piece as a whole.
If you don;t know what this film is about, don't, because once you do know, its pretty much all over. All the tension, interest, and interesting portions of the story are based around you not knowing what will happen next. It thrives off people being at the edges of their seats, unsure of the fates of the characters at hand.
Speaking of which, I found the characters to be something of a mixed bag. While our two leads were rather compelling figures to follow, I found myself caring little, if at all, for anyone else involved, and, in some ways, the movie knows this. At the beginning of the piece, it goes through aches and pains showing parallels of these two, as if pitting the two captains against one another before they even meet, allowing for a fascinating comparison to be drawn quickly, drawn out over time. And, while I can't say I cared for Captain Phillips much, there were certainly moments when I felt some form of compassion or emotion for the portrayal.
As I mentioned above, the reality drawn by this movie is what makes it what it is. The movie is very slow at times, and goes out of its way to make everything seem as realistic as possible. Everything is shown chronologically and logically, no narration or odd dialogue is used to tell the story, and everything generally feels natural, beyond the occasional exposition line that feels very out of place. And, in some ways, this is very appealing, as it allows us, the audience, to be drawn in to the scenarios at hand and put ourselves in the places of either captain, questioning what we may have done or how it must have felt.
However, this does beg the question, doesn't it? This is a blockbuster film, and it does occasionally show. When comparing notes with the facts of the true story, it's made clear that the movie wants us to like our main characters, constantly fibbing or coming up with compassionate lines or scenarios to show us just how much we should care for Captain Phillips. And, when compared to reality, it's a bit disappointing to see how some things played out, but not unsurprising. But, does that make this a worse movie? Well... yes and no. As much as I do believe in preserving the truth in such scenarios, I do understand trying to make a more compelling hero to follow and root for. So, much like the other reality-based aspects of this movie, it's a double-edged sword.
Would I watch this film again? Definitely not. Once you've seen it, you'll have no need to ever watch it again. However, I would recommend checking it out that first time, for what it is. It's a unique film in many ways, hence why it's talked about so much, and, despite its issues, it has some strong attributes that it brings to the table, allowing for something unlike the explosion-ridden fodder we see too often these days. Give it a shot while keeping the facts of the matter in mind. (less)

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Good, but not too serious

It makes a good comparison to the danish Somali pirate movie "A Hijacking". "Kapringen" is pure capitalism critic, which concentrates on the tricky negotiations and the human costs, while "Captain Phillips" concentrates on the background story and the heroic aspects. It's a typical good Greengrass movie, sure.
But the problem with "Captain Phillips" is the too US-friendly storyline on the border of ridiculousness, even if it's based on a true story. The navy seals commando acts out of pure luck in contrast to good planning, while the film tries to convince us that all is magically planned, and that hijackers don't have a chance from the beginning.
Good entertainment, but not more. And indeed the story is a fabricated whitewash for the sake of effect and looking good, similar to "Le Scaphandre et le Papillon"
http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

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Cast:

Small Andrea Phillips
Small Mike Perry
No_movie_poster John A White
No_movie_poster Shane Murphy
No_movie_poster SEAL Sniper
No_movie_poster Dan Phillips
Small SEAL Commander
Small Frank Castellano
No_movie_poster John Cronan
Small Ken Quinn
No_movie_poster Nemo
Small Captain Richard Phillips
No_movie_poster Andrew

Crew:

Small Billy Ray Screenplay
No_movie_poster Christopher Rouse Editing
Small Dana Brunetti Producer
No_movie_poster Eli Bush Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
No_movie_poster John Powell Original Music Composer
Small Kevin Spacey Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Michael De Luca Producer
Small Paul Greengrass Director
Small Scott Rudin Producer

Plot:

Captain Phillips is an upcoming 2013 American action thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks. The film is a biopic of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.

Release Dates:

theatrical : 2013-10-18 : India

Theatrical : 2013-10-11 : United States of America

theatrical : 2013-10-11 : India