By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Billy Ray
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Barkhad Abdi (Muse) and Max Martini (SEAL Commander).
Running Time: 134 minutes.
In a year full of movies that can make sleep even people who suffer from insomnia, we happily talk about Captain Phillips (2013), a very good movie with a level of intensity so high that you might have problems to find time to blink (please don’t forget to breathe!). With a piece of music and two people shooting at random like crazy, a director can create a tense situation, but five minutes later, everything will be monotonous and boring. The difference and greatness of Captain Phillips is that the atmosphere in this film is getting more and more tense from the beginning, and not because of violence, but uncertainty: We all know what will happen (the container ship will be hijacked by Somali pirates), but it is very difficult to precise when and how. For that, director Paul Greengrass and his good camera movement deserve some credit.
Tom Hanks gave a masterly performance as Captain Phillips. The way he acted at the beginning and end of the movie shows the great skills of this actor with excellent movies like Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Cast Away (2000) on his background. Observe how the film grows in intensity since the first minutes whenever he inspected the container ship and looked worried by the thought that Somali pirates could hijack the ship. Observe the last scene of the movie: A girl asking for his physical condition while he was disconcerted, skeptical of being alive and, at the same time, thinking of his family. After the movie, I am sure that you will be hopping like a happy kid as we did.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.
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