Reviewed by Isabella Pittaway
Tom Hanks is back with an Oscar-worthy performance in the biopic Captain Phillips.
Based on a true story, Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips—whose American container ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
Phillips is aware of the danger of pirates, running his crew through training drills to ensure they’re prepared.
But when four armed pirates succeed in getting aboard, Phillips and the rest of the crew are in for a tough and tense ride; and so is the audience.
Director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum) uses his style of whip-pans, extreme close ups and jittery hand cam to throw the audience into the action.
He is able to sustain the tension throughout the two hour-plus running time, with most of the movie taking place at sea.
If you don’t like tight spaces be prepared for some nausea in the second-half which is concentrated in a small lifeboat.
Barkhad Abdi makes an intense and excellent debut as the leader of the Somali pirates switching from manic to calm with great ease.
Underlying political issues are touched upon throughout the film, and it is hard to believe that Phillips and his crew are not allowed access to weapons to defend themselves.
Knowing how the film ends does not stop Captain Phillips from being an entertaining albeit tense ride, with the fear for Phillips’ life always present.