“Captain Phillips” = 10
Only once before have I ever rated a movie perfect. This is a perfect movie.
Adjectives: Gripping; Intense; Edge of your seat; Frightening; Realistic
This is a story of a true event which the real-life character of Captain Richard Phillips has attested that the movie in incredibly accurate.
Phillips is the captain of a cargo freighter heading through the ocean off the coast of Somalia in 2009 when his ship is hijacked by Somali pirates. The crew, who are unarmed and unable to defend themselves, survive a harrowing invasion of pirates hell-bent on holding them hostage for sums of money upwards of ten million dollars by a small group of crazed and hungry Somalis. It all doesn’t go well, as the courageous ship captain – played by Tom Hanks – is taken hostage in the middle of the ocean. From there it’s sheer intensity. The movie, which is over two hours, seems more like 30 minutes.
Tom Hanks will win an Oscar for this outstanding performance. The head pirate, who is played by rookie actor, Barkhad Abdi, a Somali living in Minnesota, will likely be nominated as well for his believability.
As the movie reaches its climax, audience emotions are at a peak. The average viewer can not help but weep with the characters. This is one of the few movies I’ve seen where the audience applauded at its conclusion.
The movie is a stark portrayal of the hazards of the shipping lanes, how transport ships must pass through nests of crocodiles before reaching the other side.
There is one small segment which I would criticize near the end, but that would be giving away too much of the story for those who haven’t seen the movie.
Ironically, this is a fierce fighting adventure movie in which we never hear the “F” word, and sex is virtually non-existent.
Definitely an Academy Award nominee for Best Director, Special effects, Cinema photography, Editing, acting and more.
For a live interview of the real Captain Phillips: