Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Chernus, and Catherine Keenner
Based on a true story, Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips, whose ship is hijaked by Somali pirates for the first times in 200 years and he must rely on the US Navy to be rescued.
“Captain Phillips” mixes the perfect amount of drama with high intensity action to keep the crowd guessing and on their feet for the full two hours.
With the help of acclaimed action director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Trilogy”), we witness a firsthand account of the courageous Captain Phillips and the ability of the US Navy to save his life.
The film revolves around Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) as he finds a way to keep his crew alive when four Somali pirates capture their ship. His hardship does not truly begin until he is held hostage and taken into a lifeboat with the pirates. It is during this time that Hanks gives his best performance in the film as he keeps his calm and transforms from a working class individual into a hero and a valiant leader.
The most underrated part of the movie was the work of the Somali pirates, played by mostly amateur actors. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi, who played the Somali leader, Muse, gave a standout performance.
Adding another layer to the film, Greengrass chose to show the back story of these men, which reveal that the hijackers’ actions were led mostly by their need for survival. The director told their stories in such a compelling way that it leaves you feeling remorse for their circumstances.
With sharp lighting, dramatic music and complex camera angles, the last 45 minutes of the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the final clip is full of nail-biting tension as as the US Navy finds a way to save Captain Phillips from the boat.
Overall, “Captain Phillips” is a high intense drama that recreates one of the best untold stories of the last decade. Although slow at times, the movie progressively builds excitement and tells an important piece of history in a moving and entertaining way.
Captain Phillips opens today in theaters nationwide.