Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Captain Phillips ||| My Review

I watched the first trailer of Captain Phillips in May 2013 and it was sure that this had to be watched on the big screen! Tom Hanks, a Piracy Movie based on a real life incident and Paul Greengrass. the director of the film [Director of The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) & Green Zone (2010)] were strong enough reasons to wait for this movie to release!

The Movie released here in the Diwali Weekend and we went to watch it last night at Fanar - our favourite Cinema here  and witnessed a spectacular movie! and as always Last Row-Centre Tickets!

The story isn't a secret as all of you know and is based on a real life incident which happened on 8 April 2009 when four Somali pirates based on the FV Win Far 161 attacked the MV Maersk Alabama 240 and all four of the pirates were between 17 and 19 years old. This event ended after a rescue effort by the U.S. Navy on 12 April 2009. It was the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century!

The story of the incident was reported in the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea (2010), by Stephan Talty and Captain Richard Phillips, who had been master of the vessel at the time of the incident and then made into this film Captain Phillips.

More details about the incident can be read at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maersk_Alabama_hijacking

And this is a movie about Tom Hanks yes but the 4 Somali Pirates have done a superb job as well with their brilliant debut performances! It is a breathtakingly intense movie where even the silence of the sea never gets boring and you keep waiting for the next scene!

This is definitely one of the year’s best movies I have watched and Hanks’ strongest performance in the last 10 years and we were on the edge of our seats through the entire movie and the 134 minutes passed in a jiffy! it never felt like watched a 2 hours and 14 minutes of the movie! It is a ticking time bomb which keeps getting closer and closer to the final blast and keeps getting captivating with each passing minute! I felt like there was a gun on my head too at times!

The last 15 minutes of “Captain Phillips” are perhaps the most compelling moments of film and the ones which would always remain with me! and that is what Cinematic brilliance is...

I am very sure that Hanks' extraordinary acting in the last few scenes when he's bound with ropes and trapped with a gun on his head in the lifeboat to the final scenes when he gets rescued and reaches the doctor's table would get the two-time Oscar-winner his sixth nomination and maybe if he is lucky then the 3rd Best Actor Oscar too!

A special mention for Barkhad Abdi who played the pirate leader Abduwali Muse for his electrifying performance! the way he says "Irish, everything will be fine" is definitely the best dialogue of the movie! the way he keeps calm & collected amidst all the chaos was tremendously well-executed!

And this movie passes a very strong message too! one just can't mess with USA! One captive Ship Captain and there were 3 US Navy Vessels out there to rescue him and then the Navy Seal Intervention as well! they definitely told all the pirates out there about who is the real boss!

I wonder how Ron Howard would have made this movie as he was originally slated to direct Captain Phillips while Greengrass was developing Rush, but in the end the two film-makers swapped these 2 projects and the results of both of these movies have been outstanding! and I have been lucky enough to watch both of them on the big screen!

The cinematography of the film is brilliant specially the lifeboat interior scenes where the handheld camera-work has been masterfully executed! and the background score kept getting better and added to the tension & excitement build up!

I am sure the real Captain Phillips must be mighty pleased too when he would have know that Hanks was playing his role!

This is one of those movies which would be best enjoyed on the big screen and must not be missed! so please don't wait for those Pirated Cam Prints or even the DVD Rips! get moving and enjoy this on the big screen! I am sure you would be entertained and captivated just like me!

My rating 4.5/5...

Till the time we meet again…

Cheers to life…

Till then ride safe and have safe sex…

Hasta la Victoria Siempre…

1 comment:

Fenil Seta said...

Totally agree with every word out here and also the ratings! I had absolutely no idea about the film. I hadn't even seen the trailer! I just went for after reading extremely positive reviews from friends (including you)! And I was so glad I saw the film!

Keep rocking!