Movie Nosh: Captain Phillips

1 Mar

What Is It? Captain Phillips
Who’s it By? Director Paul Greengrass
Who’s It Star? Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
What’s It About? When an American ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, the ship’s captain sacrifices himself for the safety of his crew.
How is it? Okay. The only three things that are certain in this world are Death, Taxes, and that Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchette will turn in great performances. He does so again here, though much of what he’s asked to do here is to ask a quartet of Somalis to calm down and not hurt anyone. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi, as the lead pirate, is Oscar-nominated, though Hanks was passed over. Greengrass’ signature shaky camera is in ample evidence here, though it gets old really quickly. I expected a bit more commentary on the reasons behind the proliferation of piracy on the part of the Somalis, but didn’t get it (although, I’ll admit, I dozed off a couple times, as the scenes became fairly repetitive).

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