Today’s film review is not of a Halloween film, but of one that reminds us that real piracy is far less romantic than the costumes in real life superstores suggest.
“Captain Phillips,” which stars Tom Hanks, is based on actual events that happened in 2009. And in 2009, real pirates did not wear eye-patches.
Hanks plays Richard Phillips, a cargo ship captain. His ship is in water near Somalia, and he knows it is a dangerous area because of pirates. He tries to prepare his crew, in case pirates come near their ship. But unfortunately, the determined Somalis do make it aboard.
The film is directed by Paul Greengrass, whose work is known for being very intense and unsettling. He does a very good job of that here, as he makes the viewer feel they are in the situation. At times, it is so intense that one almost forgets we are watching a movie. As a director, Greengrass gives the Somalis the respect they felt was lacking in the real incident. He demonstrates their captain is a formidable match to the American captain. Their vessel is depicted as a worthy opponent to the cargo ship.
One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when the pirates first board the ship. Phillips’ and his crew are all very smart and do everything they can to not be boarded, but the pirates are also very smart.
All the performances are first-rate. Tom Hanks does his best work in years. Also, the actors playing the pirates, who are not well-known stars, are equally good. They bring a lot of intensity to their characters. Hopefully, they will get more good roles in the future.
Overall, “Captain Phillips” is one of the best films of 2013. This is a movie that should be seen in theatres. The cargo ship looks very impressive on the big screen. The film is suspenseful, realistic, and powerfully acted. It deserves to get multiple Academy Award nominations