I heard about this movie by trailer, and I was curious to know how it played out. So I went to see it with my sister on a Tuesday night, and my reaction is the following below while trying to write a short review here: "Oh my God, I have no idea what to say about this movie!" All I can think of is that it is both exciting and scary at the same time. But is it worth seeing it? Let's find out.
Here's the gist, Captain Phillips was on a route to the Somalian waters on board his container ship, but a few underage pirates hijacked the ship and kept him held hostage for his remaining $30,000 he kept in his safe. They took him under threat of his and the U.S. Navy's deal. It was based on the same event that happened in the real hijacking in 2009 where Phillips was kidnapped by Somalian pirates and the Navy had to try in their power to execute their plot.
For the most part, Tom Hanks (Phillips) had given us a great impression once again, and a Somalian (Skinny) that starred in the movie did fantastic. The way they act is very well executed, it seemed that the plot between these two took a very dramatic turn as they are held captive in a free-fall lifeboat for several days. Every time they both face each other, I couldn't get my eyes off of them since they both are very self aware at each other. I chuckled at a few parts when Skinny nicknames Phillips 'Irish', even the only part is that he told him to 'shut up'. He's quite frivolous when he mentioned that he wanted to go to America, even though he's a pirate that goes off hijacking ships for money, he even commented that one scene "I love America!". I don't remember the part he said it on walkie-talkie transmitter, but I'll have to look back when it's on DVD, or Netflix.
I loved the direction, the shots that were filmed around the ocean were spectacular in a dark and a flaming setting. However, there has been lawsuits against the real crew from the 2009 event, and they considered this movie inaccurate due to various changes it had. But it's Hollywood, so whatever you considered perfect or not, you be the judge. Also, I couldn't think of anything about the music score, but all I can say it's epic.
To put it in a nutshell, the experience is absolutely dramatic and powerful; it's one of those movies that offers frightening risks that wouldn't stop eating me with fear. It gave me a sudden feeling that captivated my eyes in a colorful and a very dark tone. Every moment captured me under threat that Phillips was involved, even the way Somalian pirates that interact as idiotic killers at sea.
I recommend it for those that enjoy hearing stories on victims that are kidnapped by pirates, however to those that are not expecting an epic true story that was this scary, I would give it a try. Unless if you're not immune to drama that is this graphic, I wouldn't go see it if you're not use to the hijacking concept.
My rating: 5/5 lifeboats