Review: Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks. Even as he ages, his fans still remain hooked to his talent and appeal. But in his latest film, he is referred to as “the ugly one.”
Suiting a white goatee, an official Captain’s uniform, and an inspiring performance based on a true character, Tom Hanks showcases an honest portrayal of Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” this fall’s latest action thriller.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, who also brought us the 9/11 based film “United 93,” “Captain Phillips” tells the true and compelling story of Richard Phillips, a ‘Yankee Irish’ captain who, in 2009, is forced to cooperate with armed Somali pirates as they hijack his cargo ship as it’s on course to deliver food, water and supplies to the Eastern parts of Africa.
In the film, the audience can see that Phillips is as dedicated to his family, as he is to his career.
He learns of recent pirate hijackings along the Somali Coast, and in an effort to bring precaution, Phillips orders his crew to execute security drills, in the case of an actual hijacking.
But in the midst of the preparation, the drill becomes real life as a real hijacking begins and Captain Phillips must keep his crew safe while also keeping his own fears in check.
After seeing “United 93,” it’s safe to say that “Captain Phillips” is right up Greengrass’ historically thrilling alley. He gives his audience a chance to be emotionally affected by witnessing such tragic (reenacted) happenings that had previously occurred in real life.
“Captain Phillips” has Greengrass’ unique directing style. It’s choppy and shaky, in the best way possible. That style manages to create a sense of intensity and realness to the scenery.
It’s as if the audience can imagine themselves on the ship with the crew.
Ultimately, Greengrass’ style of directing is what creates the overall emotion of the story, which couldn’t be any better for the film.
When it comes down to the film’s leading actor, that choice also could not have been any better for the film.
The film’s producers had to know that whomever they casted to play the lead role would make it his own and it would become his film, his shining moment and his name praised.
No better man for the job than Hanks.
The suspense and energy of this true story helps the film set sail, while Hanks’ authentic performance is what keeps this film afloat.
Tom Hanks truly proves his worth as an actor at the film’s conclusion.
His performance hits a forceful and wonderful finale just as the film does.