October 15, 2013

Captain Phillips

John and I were supposed to watch Escape Plan, a movie of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but we saw at Shang Cinema that Captain Phillips is on a sneak preview so we forgo Escape Plan.

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American action thriller directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks. The film is the true story of Somali pirates taking a cargo ship hostage and the man who risked everything to save his crew.

Captain Phillips took in $26 million in U.S. ticket sales from just more than 3,000 theaters.  I don't know if itis going to fare well when it opens next week here in the Philippines. I personally like the movie as it kept me awake and interested from start to end. I'm always biased when it comes to Tom Hanks. I like him, acting-wise. Remember movies like Forrest Gump in 1994, Saving Private Ryan in 1998 and The Green Mile in 1999 to name a few.

Official synopsis:

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is — through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage.  Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 134 minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

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