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This review is from: Captain Phillips (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
One word, "Phenomenal" I could literally stop this review right there! I was invited to the first screening of the movie in Tampa and after having watched the trailer I knew for sure this was a movie I didn't want to miss. I accepted the invite and printed my tickets and informed friends of the screening so they could get theirs and then we waited for the day to arrive. In the meantime I began to research the story of the MV Maersk Alabama and the related hijackings.
First let me say this movie is a true story and seemed to match the details of the original story very accurately as it was based on the book "A Captain's Duty" penned by the man Richard Phillips himself and the screenplay was adapted from his book by Billy Ray.
The story begins introducing us to Captain Richard "Rich" Phillips and humanizes him through a discussion with his wife about their children. Within a few minutes, we're taken to a small village in Somalia where a band thugs arrives to pressure the locals into going back to the work of hijacking Marine Vessels and returning their cargo to the regional warlords where the ship is then ransomed back to the owners.
After a failed attempt to board the Maersk Alabama the pirates rejoin their mother ship and repair their boat and add a second engine to help the skiff catch the larger, more powerful vessel. The Crew users flairs, high pressure water hoses, a series of 30 degree turns in an attempt to fend off the pirates but, all their efforts fail as the ship is boarded and the skiff is sunk. The crew then goes into a series of rehearsed procedures in which most of them hide in the engine room where they take control of the ship and shut it down. From there two of them risk their lives going above deck to kill the generators which stops emergency lighting and the other retrieves food and water for the men in hiding.
In the meantime the pirate captain forces Captain Phillips to take him on a search for the crew to which, he leads one man into a trap that injures the man's feet. The Captain is then ordered to go with the injured man back to the bridge and he complies. Of course the rest of the crew seized the opportunity presented to them and overwhelm the Pirate captain. This sets up the event that would ultimately be the meat of the movie as Captain Phillips is supposed to be exchanged for the Pirate Captain and the pirates are supposed to take the life boat and head home but, they renege on their deal and take Captain Phillips with them.
Within a day of being notified the US Navy intercepts the small vessel and the rest of the story really is something you have to witness. I'm not going to go into much more than this as we're only about 30 minutes into a 2 hour and 10 minute movie and I really recommend seeing this movie as this is my new favorite movie of the year! Seriously, if this doesn't win best picture then Hollywood is an even bigger scam than I could have ever imagined.
Captain Richard Phillips is played by Tom Hanks and in my opinion, this is the best acting Tom Hanks has ever done. For the most part, there's literally nobody else you'll recognize in this movie and given his performance throughout the movie Hanks is more than up to the task of leading the entire cast straight to what is sure to be one award win after another. The 4 Somali Hijackers also did an outstanding job and they're literally unknowns without a single role to their acting career beyond this movie; they really did an incredible job in their supporting roles. Seriously, everybody in this film was spot on in their roles and I cannot say enough good things about the acting.
As for the political aspect of this movie, there was no swaying from either side and even the decisions made by Obama (this happened during his first term) were only referenced as orders from the White House.
Overall, I cannot say enough good things about this film and how deep it really went. It was a pretty intense and emotional ending which only further sealed this movie, in my opinion, as one of the best movies to come along in several years and it easily bests the majority of the films released in the past 2 years.
For the record, Somali Pirates have attempted three more hijackings of the Maersk Alabama since this incident and each time they were turned away by armed security forces so, this shipping company clearly learned from their mistakes.
And another note, the Captain actually returned to work within 2 years of the event.
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2013 3:02:31 PM PDT
Sassa Frass says:
Posted on Oct 7, 2013 1:34:51 PM PDT
I work for Maersk Line, Limited - the company that owns Maersk Alabama. For the record - Maersk Alabama has been tried 4 times, not 3 since the fateful day on 8 April 2009. Check out CNN.COM for the details. 18 Nov 2009, 29 Sept 2010, 8 Mar 2011, 14 May 2011. The circumstances on the Indian Ocean have improved tremendously since 2011 - armed security has become the norm, not the exception; more relaxed rules of engagement for coalition naval forces, non-governmental agencies success ashore convincing most of coastal Somalia that piracy is bad for their culture and future economic health. Piracy isn't extinguished, but it is suppressed - thankfully.
I'm looking forward to seeing the movie - the film makers chartered a sister ship to Maersk Alabama, and the trailer has a few details that made me cringe, the movie is supposed to be mostly true to the facts of the event. We'll have to keep in mind that it is a Hollywood production, not a documentary.
I'm very proud of the American Merchant Marines (commercial sailors) and the US Navy for their successful interaction - on this and the other failed attempts at hijacking Alabama - we have former US Navy SEALs onboard as armed security; Trident Group in Virginia Beach, VA.
Looking forward to seeing then owning the DVD.
Thanks for the great review.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2013 1:47:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2013 1:49:19 PM PDT
You should go to the incident on Wikipedia and update that because their statements said 3 at the time of this writing.
As for the Movie, it was a great movie, no joke I think you'll like it. Maybe you can write a review of your own, I would be interested in seeing that from an insiders perspective.
My brothers were in the Navy but, neither of them made it to that region of the world. But, from what I've seen they did do a great job working together.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 7:32:16 AM PDT
I saw the movie, the first showing was a 'sneak-peak' for the company and it was really hard to watch. I watched it with friends a few days later and was more relaxed - not dreading any artistic licenses like the first time.
After the litigation is over, I'll look for the Wikipedia article and update it.
Your review was spot on. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2013 2:44:08 PM PDT
Thanks man. I really liked the movie but, that being said, it really is only from the Captain's perspective and he could have pretty much said anything he wanted to at that point.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 7:54:07 PM PDT
Dennis F. Lasanen says:
Thanks for sharing your information on this incident. It is hard to believe that large ships are vulnerable to being held hostage.
Posted on Oct 23, 2013 9:39:48 PM PDT
google 'global research gottinger captain phillips' and read all about the truth of "somali pirates" and the US.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2013 6:02:52 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2013 6:11:31 AM PST
That's the thing, they had an argument about the trip but, they never discussed the specifics... Like I said, the movie made it seem like the crew wanted to abandon the delivery and the captain said no, we're pushing on with this delivery.
Again though, great movie even if the Captain is lying it is worth watching with a grain of salt.
Posted on Jan 10, 2014 4:10:49 PM PST
Hey there, looking to find out your email to ask about getting into these movies. Fantastic review, by the way. A bit worried at first that you were going to go into the story, but glad you gave only the main points to note. Thanks for that. Absolutely love this movie.