Thursday, October 10, 2013

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is Tom Hanks's newest movie, inspired by the 2009 cargo ship hijacking by Somali pirates. I'll go out on a limb and say it'll be his next award winner. 

The movie starts off showing the relationship strain that a job like this can have on two people. His wife kisses him goodbye and wishes him well as he flies to shipyard to take over the cargo ship. 

Once Captain Phillips boards the ship he checks multiple doors and locks, and tells crew members to make sure all doors are locked because they will be heading into dangerous waters. The crew isn't thrilled about the direction they're heading, but with only one way to go, they have to put their worries aside and continue marching on. 

The next morning Captain Phillips wakes and has the crew run through a hijacking situation, in an almost psychic move. The crew sets up the water hoses, which turnout to be their only defense against smaller, quicker boats. 

The crew bands together and does all it can to keep the pirates off the ship. Once that fails, they then do all they can to help each other survive. 

This is one of the best movies we've seen in a very long time. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and it'll blow you away all at the same time. In 20 years when they put together a "Best of Tom Hanks" collection. This will be in there with Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and many others. Hollywood has actors, good actors, great actors, and then you have the level that Tom Hanks and a select few are on by themselves. 

Before we even made it out of the theater Dawn turns to me and says "I'm making an executive couples decision. If this doesn't get 5 pigs I'm punching you in the face." So ... to save my face, and because it's deserving .. 

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