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I am happy to post the first review of the forum.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Tom Hanks. The film is a biopic of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as a whole is a good film and Greengrass knows how to create tension in a story that we know how it ends. The pacing is good and never seems too long at 135 minutes.  Everyone knows Tom Hanks can act, but prepared to hear a lot about  Barkhad Abdi, a newcomer who plays the leader of the gang of pirates. This kid goes head to head with Hanks could be in the running for a supporting nomination.  And amazingly he looks exactly like the real hijacker.

The movie starts with Phillips and his wife driving to the dock where he will board his ship. Obviously something he has done many times.  As with many biopic films, the audience already knows what is going to happen to Phillips and his crew.

Captain Phillips is paranoid as soon as he gets on ship.  The reason for his paranoia is never really explained and this foreshadowing is crow barred in.  We don’t know anything about Captain Phillips except for his direct leadership skills and attention to detail.  The crew on the ship play little parts to support Phillips lead.  They already know that they are going into Somali pirate territory unarmed.  I do not know why they would go out there so vulnerable with only a few measures to deflect intruders.  CONTINUE

 

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