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Friday, August 8, 2014

Captain Phillips (2013) Review: Part 2 of "1 Week With Tom"

          For part 2 of "1 Week With Tom" I will be reviewing the 6 time Oscar nominated film (including Best Picture) Captain Phillips. The film inspired by the true event of the 2009 Somali Pirates hijacking upon the the US-Flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship  to be hijacked in 200 years. 
    Tom Hanks plays the captain of that ship, Captain Phillips. He does a fantastic job doing it. He goes one-hundred percent into the role and you can totally tell that. He is the best part of the movie. This is one of the movies where one actor does an amazing job (Hanks in this case), and it makes everyone else seem "meh." The guy who got nominated for an Academy Award (Barkhad Abdi) didn't deserve that nomination. He didn't embrace the role as much as he could. He even over-acted or under-acted. Either way he didn't connect to the audience as much as he could've to make for an even better movie watching experience.
     Paul Greengrass is such a talented film maker. I love the the last two Bourne films he directed (The Bourne Supremacy and the Bourne Ultimatum) and was really excited to see what he could bring to this type of film. He does a good directing job. He does a good job of enforcing the tone of the film to make you worry of what is going to happen next for the first time you watch it. The one thing this movie is missing is a re-watchable factor. You don't get the same experience as you do the first time you watch it. Unlike Cast Away your not on the edge of seat the whole time if your watching it for the 3rd, 4th, 5th time. You are still getting a film experience that is one of the best of 2013. 
     The first time you watch this film it's a masterpiece. The second time you watch it it's still a masterpiece. The 3rd time it falls short of a masterpiece but still an amazing film. I would give this movie an 8/10. 

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