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REVIEW: Captain Phillips

REVIEW: Captain Phillips

2-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks should be up fro an Academy award again this year for his latest at-sea mishap (he was nominated for “Castaway”  in 2001).  In “Castaway”, his companion was a basketball. This time, most of his interaction is with his Somali counterpart-  the  captain of a pirate ship that commandeers his cargo  ship in 2009.

Director Paul Greengrass is just about the best when it comes to  helming  thrillers based on real-life incidents.  His September 11th story  “United Flight 93” was up for 2  Oscars- it was my pick for best picture simply because  it was such a seat-gripper, even with everyone knowing the ending. The same can  be said to for the fast-paced “Captain Phillips”.  Especially with the hand-held jerky camera action.

What makes this film  so unique is the story is also told from the perspective of the Somali pirates , played by first time Somali actors. Their story alone is tragic.

This one runs over 2 hours  but hits like a punch. Tom Hanks just gets better and better.  His final  scene is astounding.

4 stars

 

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