Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks

Captain Phillips (Mild Spoilers): the Maersk Alamaba cargo ship gets hijacked by four AK-47 wielding Somali pirates whilst navigating ‘round the dangerous ‘Horn of Africa’. I can never tell if Tom Hanks is really good, or really samey (in the same way that Tom Cruise is always Tom Cruise) – although the only dodgy part of this performance was his accent. Unfortunately the film peaks too early, in the nerve-shredding boat boarding set piece, which even the big finale doesn’t live up to. Like most films at the moment, it’s a little flabbier than it needed to be, out-staying its welcome, with a hyper-extended finale in the cramped lifeboat, in which Greengrass slowly loses his grip on the audience. Also, if you know anything about legendary sniper shots, you’ll know how the film ends before you step in to the cinema, which is a bummer! All-in-all, a solid film – but note quite Oscar worthy.

Score: 7/10

captain-phillips 02 Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Faysal Ahmed, Michael Chernus, Richard Phillips, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson

10 comments
  1. Totally agree. I heard such amazing things about the film, that when I finally got to see it I wasn’t impressed as I thought I would be!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s definitely not terrible, but was definitely expecting a little more from the Green, GreenGrass of home.

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  2. This was my favourite film from 2013, I thought it was really powerful and made such an impact, I saw it day of release and hadn’t heard anything about it beforehand so I was surprised and impressed! Tom Hanks was great, and I was glad it got some Oscar noms even if they don’t win.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I guess maybe the buzz (and Somali-portrayal controversy) maybe put a few seeds of great expectations in the ol’ brain-hole. I can see why people enjoy it…

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  3. CMrok93 said:

    One of my favorites of the year, and definitely my favorite thriller. Though I know not many feel this way, somehow, the movie never lost my interest. Good review.

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  4. Sounds like it’s worth a watch at least. Interesting review!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Anything that gets an Oscar nod is probably worth catching. I’d put this above some of the other contenders I’ve seen lately.

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  5. Jaina said:

    It could do with a bit of trimming, but it’s a pretty fast paced decent thriller. Hanks puts in an excellent performance, IMO.

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  6. nasen75 said:

    Personally, I felt like it was the best movie of 2013 I have seen, but I do see what you mean that it did feel at times like outstayed its welcome.

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  7. Dan said:

    I enjoyed this one too. Tom Hanks delivers one of his best performances in my opinion.

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