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[Movie Review] Captain Phillips November 25, 2013

IMDB: 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Certified Fresh

Metacritic: 83% 

My Rating: 8/10

This is a good movie, I’m gonna start by telling you that.

The screenplay was really well-written, the acting was spot on, only a tiny bit of problem I had with it was the amount of shaky-cam they used.

But even that itself is sort of excusable, because it does creates the false illusion of being on water, especially when it’s in a smaller boat than a big one.

My favourite thing about this movie, has to be the screenplay.

The script was written is such a way that, when one thing happens, it’s gonna cause or directly impact another thing in the later part of the movie, and it was so well done that you have to praise the screenwriter for it.

This is something that many movies nowadays lacks. In a lot movies, thing just happen, it’s not gonna be linked to anything else later, it just happens, to serve one purpose, and when that purpose is fulfilled, another thing happens.

It takes away the intriguing thing about storytelling, it’s the lazy way of doing things, it doesn’t excite people as much.

Which is why I enjoyed this movie so much, even though some of it was done way too obviously, and you can actually guess how it’s gonna play out later, but I still appreciate the effort.

Tom Hanks is really a good actor.

You see, Tom Hanks is one of those big actors in Hollywood, who really don’t have much of a selling point, except how good of an actor he really is.

In this movie, with him playing as Captain Philips, you really respect this guy, you could imagine yourself working under him and giving him the upmost respect as a captain of this ship.

You can understand why this guy is the captain and not anyone else, especially after witnessing how he protects everyone in his crew on the ship, and not just himself.

Yet at the same time, he doesn’t lose the human part of him, he still experience fear and we feel for him, we root for him to survive this.

During the later part of the movie, they try to make you feel for the antagonists too, and it actually works.

They’re basically trying to tell you, there is no true evil in this world, many times people were forced into this position to do bad things to other people.

Which puts you into a really hard position, you want Captain Philips to survive, you don’t approve of the things these pirates are doing, but you know these people had no choice, and the realistic side of you whispers to you, ‘there can’t be a happy ending for both’.

That itself is the evidence of a really successful story, you make your audience think, making them feel for the characters.

Like I mentioned in the beginning, the shaky cam is a little bit too much in the movie, but hey, they did give me slight ‘sea-sickness’ after watching it.

It’s a choice they made, a choice they felt was more suitable for the movie, I may not particularly like it, but I do agree that it is fitting for the movie.

I was pretty pleasantly surprised by how many people turned up in the cinema, though my boyfriend mentioned that this movie might just be one of those that fills up the gap when there’s nothing else to watch, or when the tickets for Catching Fire is sold out.

It might be, but I do hope these people were happy they paid for the tickets to watch this movie.

This may not be one of those big hits, but definitely worth watching.

On a lighter note, two things I learnt from this movie:

1.Don’t mess with the US Navy

2.Don’t kidnap someone the US Navy cares about because that means the US Navy will mess with you

I’d recommend this to people who enjoy survival, crime film, if a very serious movie with almost no light hearted moment is not your cup of tea, this might not click with you.


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