[Movie Review] Captain Phillips Featuring Tom Hanks


Director: Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, Green Zone etc.)

Writer: Billy Ray. (State of Play, The Hunger Games)

Stars: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Cloud Atlas) and Barkhad Abdi.

Terdoh: Before we start, there is something I need to say. I wouldn’t be very comfortable if this doesn’t leave my chest.

Zubby: Okay, I am listening.

Terdoh: I didn’t like the title.

Zubby: Okay….So what would have been better?

Terdoh: Captain Phillips and The Somalian Pirate Called Muse. You got to admit, that dude did impress enough to have his name up there you know.

Zubby: Hiss. I tire for you Terdoh. But you have a point though.


The Synopsis


Terdoh: The movie, Captain Phillips tells the true story of the first US cargo ship The MV Maresk Alabama to be hijacked by pirates in over 200 years and the ordeal experienced by its captain, Richard Phillips played by the legendary Tom Hanks.

Zubby: Captain Richard Philips suffers in the hands of some Somali Pirates led by their leader Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi) and climaxes in the joint military operation that led to the eventual rescue of Richard Phillips

Terdoh: This was possible through the most amazing combined effort of the US Navy Ship Brainbridge and a team of US Navy Seals.

Zubby: Before we start, this movie is just one word: Awesome. You heard it here first.


The Script


Zubby: The Script…

Terdoh: They’re an amazing band. Aren’t they?

Zubby: Really? Terdoh? Really?

Terdoh: I had to. It was right there.

Zubby: *Sigh* The script as written by Billy Ray is based upon the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea written by Richard Phillips

Terdoh: This amazing shit tells a very compelling story that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats, sorry ‘Our’ seats all through the entire movie.

Zubby: You’ll be transported to into the world of the crew of MV Maersk Alabama and indeed of its Captain R. Phillips during their run-in with pirates from the horn of Africa.

Terdoh: The movie doesn’t necessarily seek to entertain which it eventually does amazingly, but it sets out to leave its audience with a close enough experience of the dangers cargo ships and their crews face with the presence of pirates on coastal and international waters

Zubby: I’m telling you ehn, You’ll just be staring at the screen wondering what’s gonna happen next. It’s a thrilling experience and if I must say this is one cleverly written script and one of the best of the year.


The Directing


Zubby: The director Paul Greengrass famous for bringing Robert Ludlum‘s Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum to a worldwide audience came into this movie after a 3 year break with his last notable work being the 2010 movie Green-Zone (starring Matt Damon).

Terdoh: And the time he spent working on this movie wasn’t a waste and this movie lives up to every expectation imaginable.

Zubby: His attention to detail and eye for scouting acting talents that he’s famous for wasn’t missing either.



The Acting


Zubby: Most people (myself inclusive) would go into the cinema hall expecting to be blown away by the acting of Tom Hanks, after all, he’s the highest all-time box-office star with his movies amassing over $8.2 billion globally….

*M.Y Storms the stage/set and snatches the Mic from Zubby*

M.Y: He is also the best actor in the world. Check the records, he has never done a bad movie. Thanks.

*Throws mic away and leaves set, oh and he does in slow-mo, with his shades on.*

Zubby: …Wow! Okay, that’s something we don’t see every day.

We were in for some kind of shock in Captain Phillips  as someone relatively new to the Hollywood scene stole the show in the person of Barkhad Abdi.


Terdoh: Don’t get things twisted, this is in no way saying Tom failed to live up to expectation (He was outstanding as always).

Zubby: But the way Barkhad Abdi, who played the role of the villain, Abdumali Muse, portrayed his character was outstanding and breath-taking to say the least.

Terdoh: From his dialogue to his body-language, they were sublime. We really would be looking forward to see Abdi in more Hollywood movies in the near future

Zubby: The acting was on point like an exclamation mark. It wasn’t even the Americans that made it work. It was the ‘Somalians’.

Terdoh: Africans rock.


The Verdict.


Terdoh: It’s a Popcorn & Soda from us over here at Sodas and Popcorn HQ. The movie really has it all and leaves you with a whole new experience.

Zubby: It will be a surprise if this movie isn’t handed the legendary Sodas, Hotdog and Popcorn price at the end of the year.

Terdoh: It also happens to be getting quite some buzz for the upcoming Award Season, including the Oscars. This is a movie we advise you to go see.

Zubby: Till we meet again, same time next week do us a favor and help spread the word of Sodas and Popcorn to everyone around you.

Terdoh: So have you seen the movie? What do you think about it? Do drop your comments below. Thank you.