It actually surprised me for being an extremely well told story together with amazing performances by Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is treated not like a real story or based on real events even though we know about it in the end, but it's handled like a thriller and like a story of how the hunter becomes the hunted. It's a very entertaining film that keeps you in even though you know the outcome.
Tom Hanks is amazing in this incredibly intense real life thriller. The tension between the two captains was wonderful. I'm glad I didn't remember the news report because I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Good stuff.
I wasn't sure how I felt about this movie as I watched, but the final 10 minutes were riveting. Tom Hanks is exceptional, although the real-life events that serve as the film's foundation vary wildly from what is depicted in Captain Phillips.
File under: "Boomerang Effect" (Michel Foucault). Similar to United 93: lo-fi technology (paper cutter there, four machine-gun pirates here) prevails over uber-globalization forces. But then the Navy Seals show up and restore hegemonic neoliberalism and the logic of the marketplace. But beware of feral cities. Black Hawk Down docet.
Better than expected but a missed opportunity. If we look at the real events of this story and the decisions of the real Captain Phillips, we get a much more conflicted, dynamic character with a major rift between him and his crew for his actions. (crew considers Phillips less than a hero). The result is a disappointly 2D dad-role for Hanks, which doesn't hold up to Abdi's powerful performance as rival captain.