Sound Off: Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 11, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Look at me... I am the Captain now!" Now playing is the latest film from Paul Greengrass, an intense real-life thriller titled Captain Phillips telling the story of Captain Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the MV Maersk Alabama. The cast features a number of unknowns, including Barkhad Abdi who plays the lead Somali pirate named Muse, and Max Martini, who plays a SEAL commander. So how is it? One of the best of the year or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Greengrass' Captain Phillips.
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To fuel the fire I enjoyed Captain Phillips quite a bit, the best compliment I can give is that it's very intense, but a very fulfilling theatrical experience. I wouldn't go so far as to call it one of the best Paul Greengrass movies nor would I say Tom Hanks give his best performance ever (that's stretching things), but the movie is firing on all cylinders and everyone gives it their all. For the most part, Captain Phillips is a very intense, very thrilling experience to sit on the edge of your seat and watch the hijacking story unfold first-hand. However, the best scenes in this are at the very end. There's a huge tonal shift in the last five minutes that makes the movie's message more poignant. I liked the dichotomy of the two captains, great work all around.
What did you think of Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips? Intense storytelling or boring trip? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!