Master of the hand held camera Paul Greengrass once again provides audience members with a cinematic experience that will surely stand the test of time. His new film Captain Philips, stars the talented Tom Hanks and an even more talented supporting cast, many of whom celebrate their first foray in to the movie business.
The film is structured around the true story of the attempted seizure by Somali pirates of the cargo ship the US MV Maersk Alabama and the kidnapping of its Captain Richard Phillips. The film is in the top ten of films to have ever sported the introductory line “based on a true story” and with good reason.
Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) plays the leading role with a type of conviction that could convince even the original crew that he was their Captain. The film is nearly perfect, from the directors casting choice to the names sewn on the tags of the cargo ships crew.
The veteran actor is however at times outperformed on camera by the amateur gang of Somali pirates that hijack his ship and kidnap him for ransom. If there is such a thing as natural talent, the grouping of Somali pirates (Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, and Mahat M. Ali) most certainly has it. These newbie Hollywood actors could accumulate the same amount of game as Beasts of the Southern Wild’s first time actors and receive nominations for their performances in the film.
Although the film is a golden ticket to the Oscars next year, it does have some minor flaws. In the beginning of the film, Tom Hanks’ “Vermont” accent is something you would expect to see in an amateur impersonation bit at a one star comedy club. On behalf of the people of Vermont, I feel it is my duty to apologize for the actor’s overzealous linguistic assimilation we know that you do not sound like that in real life.
One of the films other flaws isn’t much of a flaw but a desire to have seen something impractical. As director of the Bourne films, I was almost expecting Greengrass to sneak Matt Damon into the film as one of the navy’s snipers or crewmen. Though unrealistic, I think everyone could agree that an appearance by Jason Bourne would have been ridiculously brilliant.
Ultimately, Captain Philips is one of the better films to have been released this year. Aside from Hanks’ uncomfortable accent, the film is a perfect 10 and a must see for all of you movie goers out there.