Thursday, 13 February 2014

''Captain Phillips'' (2013 movie)- Review

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Released: 2013
Country: United States

Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama

Rating: 4 out of 5


''Captain Phillips'' tells the true story of how Captain Richard Phillips had been held hostage by Somalian pirates. Brilliantly written and acted, powerful and intense, it is certainly a really good film.

Captain Phillips is the captain of a cargo ship, ''MV Maresk Alabama''. The ship soon becomes the target of Somali pirates, and though Captain Phillips and his crew manage to outrun the pirates when they try to attack first, the pirates become successful in their second attempt. The Somali pirates are not satisfied by only taking the money, but they also take Captain Phillips hostage.

Attempts are made to rescue to Captain Phillips...

Tom Hanks gives a performance so good that it is really  surprising  that he hasn't been nominated by the Academy this year. His performance throughout the film is brilliant, especially during the last few scenes he is really very excellent. Barkhad Abdi, in his role as Abduwali Muse, also gives a good performance. This is Abdi's film debut, and he has been nominated for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award, among others.

Captain Phillips's constant feeling of uncertainty, danger, and fear, thinking that he might  never be able to see his family again- all these are very well portrayed, quite brought to life. Tom Hanks's performance, along with the screenplay and Paul Greengrass's direction, are excellent.

I'm not actually fond of this kind of action-thriller films, but it cannot be denied that ''Captain Phillips'' is a brilliantly-made, very well-written and excellently-acted film. It'll not probably be one of my favorite films from 2013, but it's an intense, powerful film.

4 out of 5

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