Lets Talk About Captain Phillips

Lets Talk About Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass leaves behind the world of spies and espionage to bring us the based on true events tale of Merchant Navy Captain, Richard Phillips and his harrowing run in with Somalia pirates staring the modern day Jimmy Stewart, Mr Tom Hanks. Despite neither the trailers, nor the subject matter exactly selling me on this movie it must be said that this is quite comfortably one of the better films to come out this year and very likely the first of this year’s Oscar contenders.Paul Greengrass is on top form here bringing his signature style of fast moving thrills punctuated with quitter periods to allow for compelling

character driven moments. Both aspects here are threaded together with a burning wire of tension, driving you through the ever darkening misadventure of a real life civilian sea captain. One thing that is easy to say about this movie is that it’s never boring as it masterfully moves between big, almost bombastic sequences that steadily get bigger and bigger in scale as the films rolls on, to some absolutely compelling and emotional performances by Tom Hanks and even more surprisingly Barkhad Abdi who takes on the intriguing role of Muse the Pirate Captain.

See what both Ben and Simon think about Captain Phillips in our Captain Phillips Podcast:

Download on itunes or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Tom Hanks shows us why he is the king of Hollywood once again, the everyman who can slot into so many parts and strike a chord with your average member of the public. His Captain Phillips is both subtle and powerful, and doesn’t give us a cartoon Starfleet captain. Instead he shows us a man of authority who is ever so detached from his crew to the point that he’s somewhat unlikable. In short this feels like the real Captain Phillips and not a romanticised account. Greengrass handle what could have been a slow plodding drama with some much flair, and injects so much tension and spectacle that you’re gripped from beginning to end. Both exciting and impressive Captain Phillips doesn’t do a whole lot wrong and is definitely one we can whole hardily recommend.

Ben Raffell
Author: Ben Raffell

Ben's a movie buff, games enthusiast & all around nerdy type. He takes care of most of the technical things on the site and is a regular host on ScreenHogUK podcasts where he loves to go off topic as much as possible.

Playstation Network: ScreenHog_Ben    Xbox Live: BARATHE0N    


Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Sponsored Links

 

Latest Articles

  • Marriage Most Foul: Gone Girl Review +

    David Fincher brings the dark and intriguing 2012 novel, Gone Girl to the big screen. Does this dark, edgey thriller meet the expectations that we now have when going into a Fincher film? Ben and Simon let us know. Read More
  • Doctor Who Season 8, Episode 8 Watch: A Resolution To Clara's Fate +

    If you thought last week's Doctor Who didn't have enough going on, then this week's caper should fix that. Come for the recap, stay for our longest list of episode notes this season.Click To Continue Reading67799.jpgSize: 0.24 Mb... Read More
  • Hellish: Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition Review +

    Ben and Kash strap on their armour, sharpen their blades and whip out their wands for another round with the lords of the burning hells in the next generation console release of Diablo 3 and the Reaper of Souls Expansion. Read More
  • The Full Story On Labyrinth 2 +

    While I'm sure a few of you loyal readers out there have spent the last 28 years wishing and waiting for a sequel to the Jim Henson-directed Labyrinth, I have some bad news. Despite what you may have heard in recent reports, there currently is no Labyrinth 2 in the Read More
  • Spider-Gwen Gets an Ongoing Series +

    It seems all the women in Peter Parker's life are getting their own solo comics these days. Marvel held a Spider-Verse panel to close out NYCC this afternoon, where they revealed that both Peter's new partner Silk and the alternate universe heroine Spider-Gwen will be spinning out into ongoing series Read More
  • Exclusive: Check out Person of Interest's NYCC Sizzle Reel +

    The cast and producers of CBS' Person of Interest revealed an exclusive video today at New York Comic-Con - a big 2-minute "the story up till now" reel that takes us up all the way to the intense Samaritan-related danger in Season 4. Victims. Perpetrators. They're all in here. 5 Reasons Read More
  • Gotham Villain and Joker Talk +

    The cast of FOX’s new DC series Gotham swung into New York Comic-Con today to preview what’s to come in that filthy city of The Bat that we all love so much. IGN’s own Caped Crusader Eric Goldman moderated the panel, which featured Ben McKenzie (Gordon), Donal Logue (Bullock), Robin Read More
  • Arcades paid a pretty penny for Killer Instinct, and made a mountain of quarters +

    One of the first video games to use motion capture in its animations, Killer Instinct was a groundbreaking title in other respects, too, as the... Read More
  • 1

ScreenHogUK Partners

Sign Into ScreenHogUK

Best UK free betting sites with gbetting.co.uk