By: Charlie Mitchell ’16
“Chances are they’re just fisherman”
Paul Greengrass’s rendition of Captain Phillips ordeal with Somali Pirates proves he is the best at cinematic re-enactment with excellent casting choices with Tom Hanks shining as Captain Phillips and Barkhad Abdi as the main pirate Muse who eventually shows his true self without succumbing to the villainous attitude that is usually depicted from modern day villians.
Tom Hanks fits as Captain Phillips, he is seen as a serious man who puts his crews safety as the utmost responsibility, and he keeps his emotions under wraps for most of the movie. As it progresses, his emotions are skillfully weaved through the plot through well-written, empathetic dialogue that beautifully shows the humanity kept under wraps by his steely persona.
Muse strikes real fear into the Captain’s eye’s and after the initial introduction he evokes an unusually high level of empathy from a character that throughout modern day movies is usually depicted as a heartless villain. Upon realizing that the situation has ran away from him with U.S. Navy Warships encircling the lifeboat they used to escape from the ship, he embarks on a quest to reassure himself and Capt. Phillips that ultimately leads to their demise.
The film provides a strong feeling that stays until the end. The tense feeling is exacerbated by Paul Greengrass’s shaky, intense camera movement stays in tune with the crewmembers fighting for their survival under the hot sun near the Somali Coast.
As the movie escalates, it holds on to the end with a poignant passion that conveys the drama of this traumatic event in a respectable, yet dramatic way that leaves audience captivated and will continue to everytime it is shown.