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Captain Phillips (2013)

Director:
Paul Greengrass
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Captain Phillips
RUNNING TIME
134 minutes
Producer:
Michael De Luca
Dana Brunetti
Scott Rudin
Kevin Spacey
Screenwriter:
Billy Ray


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Richard Phillips Tom Hanks
Abduwali Muse Barkhad Abdi
Andrea Phillips Catherine Keener
Najee Faysal Ahmed
Shane Murphy, first officer Michael Chernus
Mike Perry, chief engineer David Warshofsky
Ken Quinn, helmsman Corey Johnson
John Cronan Chris Mulkey
Commander Frank Castellano Yul Vazquez
Ocky Iain De Caestecker

 

Review

Captain Phillips shows us primitive, aggressive Somalis and badass Americans saving the day in overkill fashion − for the greater good, ostensibly. And sadly this all probably isn't very far away from how things have become in some parts of this petty planet. In other words, this is a film about cynics in every respect, relieved by the goodness and heroics of the title character, who − with all due respect − seems to have been subjected to a little overdose of hero-worship by director Paul Greengrass. Other than showing off his captain, however, I'm not quite sure what Greengrass wants to do here. A fine matter-of-factly opening turns into an intense and interesting middle-part (even if the cameramen seem at least as shaken as the ship's crew by what's going on), before we get treated to an overflow of good captain, inept pirates, and overpowering American forces in a protracted finale which runs out of steam well before the end. The film wants to be full of message, alternating between applauding and denouncing the old US of A, but ends up being too much all over the place. Still, there's fine acting and quite a bit of tension all the way through, for those who enjoy old-fashioned action formulaics.

Copyright 26.3.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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