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He Said She Said at the Movies: Captain Phillips

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I told you last week that "Gravity" will win best picture at the Academy Awards in February, and while I still believe that to be the case, "Captain Phillips" is another strong contender to win multiple awards, including Best Actor. Tom Hanks has had a bit of a rough patch the last few years, picking some fanfare projects like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons". However, he's at his very best here as Captain Richard Phillips, who is kidnapped by Somali pirates after they invade his cargo ship looking for millions of dollars. The tension is incredible throughout, which is a testament to the direction by Paul Greengrass (Bourne franchise, United 93), who does an amazing job making a story that received a lot of media attention feel fresh and new. The lead Somali actor Barkhad Abdi is stunning, and the first moment he meets Hanks on screen is pulse-pounding and so spontaneous that I felt as if I was watching a documentary or a real-life home video that I was accidentally invited to watch.

SPOLIER ALERT, sort of… The last 10 minutes of this movie is where I think Tom Hanks truly stepped into the top contender spot for Best Actor. Yes, it's early and there are a number of releases that I see on the calendar that will challenge Hanks (who's already won two by the way for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia). However, his portrayal of a man who went through grueling torture and hypothetical thoughts of his death is as profound as it is emotionally affecting, and it would be a shame to miss it. The movie is rated PG-13, but parents should know that there is nothing more terrifying than the ultra-realistic, and there's not a second of "Captain Phillips" that's handled with anything short of integrity. This is a story of a man kidnapped at gunpoint, fighting for his life with Somali pirates. I would have had no qualms with the MPAA if this received an R rating. And the final showdown with the U.S. Navy and the pirates is pretty graphic. Having said that, I give this movie my FULL PRICE recommendation, and my only criticism with this movie is that I could have had a little more back story behind Captain Phillips, the man. But it's a nearly flawless movie, and one of the best movies of this year or any year for that matter.



If you kept up with the news back in 2009, you had at least some idea of how this movie was going to end.  However, even knowing how the true story turned out- this movie is extremely high suspense.  I absolutely loved it and it really kept me on the edge of my seat waiting and guessing as to what was going to happen next.  I think with movies based off of real events, it's often hard to keep that suspense factor.  This movie was able to achieve that more than I could have ever imagined.

Now I do have a warning for any of you, like me, who might get queasy or motion sickness.  Some of the shots in this move are extremely shaky and the camera is bouncing around.  So if you get nauseous easily, you may want to watch out.  This is part of what I believe does help do such an amazing job of keeping the movie so suspenseful, the tight shaky shots.

I really loved this movie, I would definitely go see it again, and I would recommend anyone who is thinking of checking out this film to do so immediately!