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Movie Review: Captain Phillips

 
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Justin Morales wrote this review 3 years and 2 months ago

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Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) is a family man but spends most of his time overseas as the captain of a cargo ship called Maersk Alabama. The task was simple, bring the ship with all its cargo from Oman to Kenya. But there was one problem, the way the Maersk Alabama planned on getting to its destination was by traveling around the horn of Africa; an area known for pirates. Upon hearing the news, Phillips took the initiative and immediately made sure that every door that was not in use was locked and did a practice drill just in case they did run into pirates. The Somalian pirates not only steal from other ships to keep their crime boss happy but also to put a large amount of money in their pockets in a short amount of time, something that comes easy for them. When the Somalians see the Maersk Alabama on a course in which there are no boats around them as protection they immediately go out for their new target. Muse (Barkhad Abdi), picks his crew and takes two skiffs and heads towards the cargo ship. Captain Phillips uses smart maneuvering to buy time after the Somalians first unsuccessful attempt against the boat but the failed attempt doesn't discourage Muse from trying again as he is highly determined for a huge pay day. The crew is woken up after their first run in with the pirates and know they will be back again. Phillips and his crew were not as lucky when the Somalians attacked a second time. When Muse and his crew take over the ship, Phillips quickly tells his crew to hide and to use their knowledge of the ship as their weapon. The pirates were hoping to cash in millions but the Maersk Alabama only carried $30,000. As confusion and violence break out, the pirates take Phillips and flee in a protected metal lifeboat as a last resort for money in their pocket. The NAVY Seals immediately get to work on this messy situation to save Captain Phillips who is at the end of his tether. RichardPhillips.jpgThe Real Captain Richard Phillips Since Captain Phillips is based on the true events that happened to Richard Phillips in March 2009 and was a big deal on the news at the time, the outcome of the movie was obvious. But that doesn't stop director Paul Greengrass from putting us on a thrilling ride. We do not only get an amazing performance by Tom Hanks, which isn't much of a surprise, but also by Barkhad Abdi, who plays Muse, the lead pirate. Captain Phillips at the end of the day is a battle between two great actors. The highlight of the film has to be the last twenty minutes. No, not because I was happy that the movie was finally drawing to a conclusion but because all the built up tension between the four Somalian pirates, the NAVY Seals and between Captain Phillips and the pirates all end up exploding. And the cherry on top has to be Tom Hanks' amazing performance as Captain Phillips when he is finally saved and the stunned response that comes with it. Let's put it in perspective, Phillips was about to lose his life, feared that the Somalians who just blind folded him was about to take their gun and end his life. But as we know that happens to not be the case and Phillips indeed sees another day. How would you react after your life has been saved when you thought you were on the brink of death? Would you break down into tears or feel overwhelmed with joy? Phillips stood strong the entire film and the breakdown he had once he was saved was so intense that you felt not only his joy but his pain as well. Overall, Captain Phillips is a continuation of the great films that are coming out this Oscar season. We even get one of the best performances from Tom Hanks that we have received in a while. Paul Greengrass and writer Billy Ray team up and give us an intense ride that you should go to the theaters to be apart of. But would I put this above other films of this Oscar season such as Rush and Prisoners? No but that shouldn't stop you from seeing this great film. What The Delio?! : 8/10 Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) is a family man but spends most of his time overseas as a captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. The task was simple, bring the ship with all its cargo from Oman to Kenya. But there is one problem, the way the Maersk Alabama planned on getting to its destination was by traveling around the horn of Africa; an area none for their pirates. Phillips is man who plays no games and immediately made sure that every door that is locked when the room is not in use and did a practice drill just in case they did run into pirates. The Somalians pirate not only to keep their crime boss happy but also to put a lot of money in their pockets in short amount of time in which they had successes in the past. When the Somalians see the Maersk Alabama on a course in which there are no boats around them as protection they immediately set sights as its next target. Muse (Barkhad Abdi), picks his crew and takes two skiffs and heads towards the cargo ship. Captain Phillips uses smart maneuvering to buy time after the Somalis first unsuccessful attempt against the boat but the failed the attempt doesn't discourage Muse from trying again as he is highly determine for a huge pay day. The crew is woken up after their first run in with the pirates and know they will be back again. Phillips and his crew was not as lucky when the Somalians attacked again. As Muse and his crew take over the boat, Phillips quickly tells his crew to hide and to use their knowledge of the boat as their weapon. The pirates were hoping to cash in millions but the Maersk Alabama only carried $30,000. As confusion and violence break out, the pirates take Phillips and flee in a protected metal lifeboat as a last resort for a huge payday. The NAVY Seals immediately get to work on this messy situation to save Captain Phillips who is at the end of his tether. RichardPhillips.jpgThe Real Captain Richard Phillips Since Captain Phillips is based on a the true events that happened Richard Phillips On March 2009 and was a big deal on the news at the time, the outcome of the movie was obvious. But that doesn't stop director Paul Greengrass from putting us on a thrilling ride. We do not only get an amazing performance by Tom Hanks, which isn't much of a surprise, but also by Barkhad Abdi, who plays the Muse the lead pirate. Captain Phillips at the end of the day is a battle of these very two actors. The highlight of the film has to be the final twenty minutes of the film. No, not because I was happy that the movie was finally drawing to an end. But because all the built up tension between the four Somalian pirates, the pirates and the NAVY Seals and between Captain Phillips and the pirates all end up exploding. And the cherry on top has to be Tom Hanks amazing performance as Captain Phillips is finally saved and the stunned response that comes with it. Let's put it in perspective, Phillips was about to lose his life, feared that the Somalians who just blind folded him was about to take their gun and end his life. But as we know that happens to not be the case and Phillips indeed sees another day. How would you react after your life has been saved when you thought you was on the brink of death? Would you break down into to tears or be overwhelmed with joy? Phillips stood strong the entire film and the breakdown he had once he was saved was so intense that you felt not only his joy but his pain as well. Overall, Captain Phillips is a continuation of a great films that are coming out this Oscar season. We even get one of the best performances from Tom Hanks that we have gotten in a while. Paul Greengrass and writer Billy Ray team up and give us an intense ride that you should go to the theaters to be apart of. But would I put this above other films of this Oscar season such as Rush and Prisoners? No but that shouldn't stop you from seeing this great film. What The Delio?! : 8/10

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