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Tense, taut, terrific & true- a near perfect docudrama; a triumph for Tom Hanks & Paul (United 93, Bourne Supremacy) Greengrass,
This review is from: Captain Phillips (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
This is an excellent movie, superbly acted, tightly scripted and masterfully directed.
Paul Greengrass has shown once again he is a master storyteller of real life human drama, as well as building tension for the audience.
Tom Hanks is entirely believable as the ship's captain, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent. Barkhad Abdi, as the leader of the pirates, stands out for his portrayal of a Somali fisherman who is desperately- yet hopelessly- attempting to escape his impoverished life.
The true story is told entirely straight, which adds to the attraction of the movie. The characters are presented realistically. There is a sensitive blend of storytelling, action, and character analysis, which draws you into the story. Also, the political dynamics and drivers are explored and explained.