Piloting and navigating a ship of any type has never been deemed simple. The process will contain miring. Few felt the freezing dangers of the water, as much as captaining a cargo ship did for Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks). Somalian Pirates hijacking your boat is no easy feat to react strongly to. Phillips is not your typical captain though.
Inspiring to say the least, this film shows how an individual’s mind is often their greatest weapon. The outlook is bleak for the entire film, including the very start where Phillips parts ways with his spouse (Catherine Keener) in a low key manner, foreknowing the pros and cons of going out to sea, and expecting they will see each other again in good time. With the environment feeling dark and grim, Phillips conquers that with his strong minded calm mindset. He does a powerful job of helping his crew as top dog of the ship.
Under the right circumstances, the menacing uneducated pirates can be outsmarted. Phillips and his crew look to exploit that weakness, with their lives at stake. Greed drives the pirates, and like most criminals, a downfall is bound to happen. With the Navy and Government getting involved, the threat skyrockets in significance pretty quickly, upon a major plot change, that the pirates are reprehensible for.
Good and Evil are not as black and white as some art displays it to be. Captain Phillips doesn’t push the envelope in this matter, though, it does give one a good example of how when one prevails over the other, its opposition will still leave a mark through the experience.
Paul Greengrass is back at home, with another fast paced quality action film. This reviewer appreciates documentation of this subject matter, and sees the director’s style planted nicely in this. The pacing felt off at times, and although usually engaging, it lacked in that department sometimes.
Superb acting, lush visuals and solid sound editing compliment this film. Overall, Captain Phillips is a solid film, but forgettable, and not a true Best Picture either.
One must bury a captain in water to get him to stop returning to land, and then forever coming back out to sea.