Cineworld treated us to another unlimited cinema preview this Monday and even provided free Pizza! (Which much to our disappointment had run out by the time we got there). The film in question was Captain Phillips, one I have been looking forward to seeing since the trailer hit. A true story about Captain Phillips of the Maersk Alabama – the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in the last 200 years. I purposely didn’t google the full story or read any of the old news reports so I wasn’t sure where the film was going. It was a lot more terrifying than I had anticipated!
Although the film is centered around Phillips, the audience also get an interesting look into the Somali Pirates themselves and the characters come into their own during the film. Their anger and determination to collect a huge bounty off the Maersk Alabama is only strengthened by their constant abuse of the drug Khat. The casting of the Pirates is fantastic, some real talent is debuted especially from Barkhad Abdi playing the lead Pirate, Muse. The exchanges between Muse and Captain Phillips are very intense, and none more so than towards the finale.
Tom Hanks plays the Captain, as always giving a sterling performance (just when you think he’s done it all before…). Hanks manages to draw you in as if you are experiencing the ordeal with him – a raw and believable performance which is surely worth something come award season. The rawness of the performances were helped by Director Paul Greengrass who didn’t introduce the ship crew and the Pirates until the first time they meet on screen – I heard an interview on the radio with Hanks who said the hairs on the back of his neck were standing up, the guys were scary and intense which only made his and the crews reactions more realistic.
You feel as though you are a fly on the wall during Captain Phillips, the camera is a little jerky bringing an element of sea sickness and the back and forth between the crew and the pirates is so nerve racking I was holding my breath for the majority. Amazingly, the film managed to make me feel empathy for both sides, as well as terror, nausea and sheer panic!
I cannot fault this film, it wasn’t too long, the acting is phenomenal, the drama is intense and felt as though I had experienced something when I left the cinema. What a man Captain Phillips is.
My POV, you should watch this at the cinema, it is brilliant.