Nominated for six Academy awards (including Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting actor and best adapted screenplay), Captain Phillips is based on the true story of Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), whose cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, led by Muse (Barkhad Abdi).
The struggle for power between the two men aboard the Maersk Alabama sends them on an unstoppable voyage that soon falls outside of their control.
Director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum) brings his signature stroke to give Captain Philips a pacy and sharp feel, that paired with the gripping soundtrack, creates an exciting and tense thriller, all the while presenting a character that is strong-willed, determined and heroic.
Very much a character piece as well as an action thriller, it is without doubt one of Tom Hanks' strongest performances of late, and shocking he didn't receive an Oscar nod for it. It is Hanks that carries the movie with his sharp wit, calmness and even vulnerability. On the flip side, the movie also reveals the intentions of the Somali pirates and the classic theme of the 'American Dream' surfaces.
Though slightly long, the movie keeps you engaged with the mounting tension between the pirates and the peril at which Captain Phillips is under. Despite every attempt to release Captain Phillips from his predicament, the conflicting motives and desires lead the group to boiling point.
It is here, when Phillips' emotional and mental state is at the point of breaking that the climax is sharply executed, followed by an appropriate resolve and ending that finishes on a high note.
Tom Hanks- Captain Phillips
Barkhad Abdi- Muse
Also stars Catherine Keener
'Captain Phillips' is an intense thriller, led by Oscar snubbed Tom Hanks that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Well directed and pacy, with the mark of director Paul Greengrass, this is indeed one of 2013's best movies.