Captain Phillips Review Captain Phillips is a high seas drama - based on the memoirs of Captain Richard Phillips,“A Captains Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous days at sea,” Philips was in command of a cargo ship named Maersk Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in April 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass, this movie, like his previous works in the Bourne series, is a great blend of contemporary action and raw emotion. Tom Hanks’ extraordinary performance as an ordinary captain whose world is suddenly shattered and Barkhad Abdi’s outstanding depiction of a ruthless Somali pirate leader (Muse) left me surprised. The film was written by Billy Ray who is also famous for his screenplays in The Hunger Games and Flightplan. But unlike his other works, this picture is a not-very-detailed yet enlightening account of the four days when the “real” Captain Philips was taken hostage. The movie opens with Phillips packing his bag and is about to board a flight to the middle-eastern country of Oman to begin what becomes the journey of a lifetime. Hereafter the movie picks up pace as he boards the ship. While Phillips is busy inspecting his ship and checking the locks in every nook and cranny, a voyage of a different sort is being planned on a beach in Somalia. Pirate groups are seen recruiting young, skinny, desperate men to hijack ships and bring home large ransoms. In one scene the captain curtly orders his crew to run a safety drill and in the next his worst fears come true as they observe two pirate boats on their radar approaching them swiftly. The following day four pirates led by their ambitious leader Muse manage to hijack the Alabama in the Somali basin which initiates a hide-and-seek game between them and the twenty-something unarmed all-American crew of this ship. After all efforts to retrieve the “millions of dollars” worth goods from the ship fail, Phillips is taken hostage and the pirates leave with him on a dirty orange lifeboat. Now that the two chiefs, Phillips and Muse, have met this broil the film’s energy escalates and the fast camera cuts and racing soundtrack only enhance your sense of desperation. However, in an interview with New York Daily the real Phillips mentioned that the rendition of these intimate scenes and the bond between the two leaders is unlike what happened in reality. "We were adversaries, we all knew that going in and going out. Many times I’ve thought, put us back in there without weapons and we’ll see who comes out.” – Phillips said in the interview. As we spend more time with the infuriated yet scared Somali’s and a frenzied Phillips on the lifeboat we see that the character of each of the four pirates is well-thought and well rounded. Through the second half of the movie Greengrass reiterates that they are not seasoned killers; only fisherman who have been forced into this lifestyle by an unforgiving and poverty-stricken society. After spending three days on the sea under the baking African sun both parties find themselves at the mercy of the mighty US military. This particular NAVY seals operation made headlines in 2009 making the climax of the movie fairly predictable. In spite of this Hanks’ character is rarely seen as the protagonist but it is the well-crafted story-telling that made me feel Phillips’ anguish, terror and urgency. Some might argue that making celebrity Tom Hanks play Phillips could have made his character less believable in contrast to the new-comers who depicted the pirates very persuasively. Honestly, Hanks’ popularity was the only reason I saw this movie. I have developed a deep liking for him due to some of his previous works including Apollo 13, Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. I went to the theatre picturing the brainy and charming Robert Langdon (of The Da Vince Code and Angels and Demons) as Phillips and it took me less than fifteen minute to…
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Characters and the climate
There are mainly three characters : Chris Gardner 、Christopher、 Linda ,and the leading character is Chris Gardner ,the…
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The movie Dances with Wolves is about the struggles between the Indians who lived on the land and the white man who is set on taking over the West. Kevin Costner plays a Union Army lieutenant, John Dunbar, who after attempting to kill himself was made a hero. He then chooses to go west and be stationed at the abandoned Fort Sedgwick. He eventually has a run in with a holy man of a native Sioux Indian tribe.
After a few brief, not so positive, encounters he…
In 2005, author Stephanie Meyer created a fascinating story with a simple, even generic plot. Comparable to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet,' Meyer's 'Twilight' revolves around a young girl who falls for the high school outcast. But instead of the families, it is the species that alienates one from the other. “Twilight”– based on the first book in the best-selling series by Stephenie Meyer – is a faithful adaptation that will satiate…
little boy to the mix, it made the movie that much more relatable if you were watching as a young kid. This movie was very entertaining to watch and I thought it was one of Chaplin’s best silent films. Even though it was silent, it kept me entertained for 50 minutes.
A Dog's Life- This movie actually accompanies the kid and continues the life of a street tramp played by Chaplin. In this one however the little tramp takes care of a dog, a nice touch in this movie. There are also familiar elements…
black and white silent film. The few times that
the characters would talk to each, a scene would come up with a text box. The music was also
composed by Charlie Chaplin, and he was also the lead role in the film. The story line of the
movie revolves around a poorer gentlemen going through some comical antics, he falls in love
with a blind girl, is befriended by a millionaire, and eventually wins the heart of the fair maiden.
I thought that the film was pretty good. For an old…
Inglorious Bastards Movie Review
For starters, don’t go into this movie expecting to see a serious WWII movie, and you’ll more then likely end up having some fun.
Quentin Tarantino fans will undoubtedly like this film. It’s jam-packed with his signature from the horror comedy, strange characters and gore. The finale is more vengeful fiction than history, as the film’s protagonist create tedious chaos on their persecutors, and do so with delight.
Inglorious Bastards is the tale of a squad…
meets a lot of people and almost all are kind to him. His interactions with people are intense, the kind you have when you are planning to run off and disappear while you are still a mysterious entity. He avoids getting too close to anyone.
The movie is gorgeous, mountains, plains, sky, rivers, animals. The acting is fantastic, totally believable. The actors are incredible and perfectly cast – Catherine Keener as an aging hippie vagabond, Vince Vaughn as a wacky farmer growing who knows what, William…
Paul Haggis, 2005.
Write a one page “review” of the movie using some of the concepts we have learned in this class.
One page review for each movie…so you are handing in 2 sheets each of which will be graded out of 5%.
Use of Class concepts 2
Creative reflection 2
Due: Week of December 3rd .
November 28th 2012
Movie: Once Were Warriors
The movie ‘Once Were Warriors’ is based on a family…
is at the difficult time in his life battling drug and alcohol addiction as a flight captain. He becomes a hero and has to make a decision that can change his life. After reviewing the movie we can determine the reason for him becoming a hero, the "real" Whip, and my final review of the film.
In the movie “Flight”, the major character Denzel Washington presents a bad portrait of professionalism. He plays an airline flight captain addicted to money, sex, and alcohol. Whip decides to use cocaine…
Black Robe' Movie Critique
Black Robe' is the story of a young Jesuit Priest from France who embarks on a religious journey to convert, to Christianity, the Aboriginal tribes of New France. Set primarily in Ontario during the mid 1630's, Father Lafargue travels from Quebec via the Ottawa River to the home of the Huron people in what is now referred to as the Simcoe Region of South Central Ontario. He is aided by a band of Algonquin-speaking people, numbering roughly 20 and a young Frenchman…