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Review: Captain Phillips

Categories: Entertainment

By Jonas Maxwell

'Captain Phillips' poster.Captain Phillips is what a movie experience should be!  In-freakin-credible!

I had heard I would be sitting on the edge of my seat through the entire film, so I was a bit surprised that the opening scene was so relaxed.  But the intensity starts building slowly, and continues to build throughout the film.  There are no downs to this roller coaster - you climb and climb and climb, knowing there's going to be a major drop with lots of speed at some point.  But it just keeps on climbing, the intensity keeps building until...

Hanks was absolutely brilliant!  He is truly one of the greatest actors of our time, able to almost subliminally transfer his emotions to the viewer with small, simple expressions and gestures, never overdoing it.

I mention only Hanks by name because I know and admire his work.  But all the acting was impressive.  Unlike Lone Survivor where I felt like I was watching a bunch of men pretending to be in a war, the actors in Captain Phillips were extremely convincing in their roles, be it crew members, union workers, the pirates, or the military personnel.

Other than Hanks, the other name I feel compelled to mention is executive producer Kevin Spacey, another of my favorite actors (Captain Phillips may just bump The Usual Suspects as my all-time favorite film).

I'm not much of a movie goer anymore, mostly because movies today are no longer as much about acting, but rather more about tricks, gimmicks, and effects.  And, as restless as I am, anything more than 90 minutes is just too long.  But at 2:14, I wasn't the least bit fatigued from watching Captain Phillips.  I felt like the entire audience wanted to stay to see justice no matter how long it took.  I could almost sense that some members of the audience wanted to cheer and applaud at one point.

I'm also not a big supporter of the American military being sent around the world to beat up on smaller nations that just can't seem to deal with their own political issues.  But in this incident, the bad guys were truly bad, they were caught red-handed, and they were given ample opportunity to make peaceful, even profitable, decisions.  Seeing the Navy perform as well as they did is representative of the military I can be proud of.

I can't remember the last film I saw that took me out of reality and placed me in the situation with the participants.  Captain Phillips certainly did that.  And THAT'S what movie making is all about.

User Comments:
Brenda-Jo - Jan 31, 2014 08:17:00 — WOW, You took the words right out of my mouth. Nicely put, Max! What a great review! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it that much.

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