Another film from 2013 up for the Best Motion Picture award this year is Captain Phillips. Based on the true story of a commercial transport ship that is taken over by Somali pirates in 2009. This is the second movie that Tom Hanks has been in that has been nominated for Oscars this year, the other being Saving Mr. Banks of course. Captain Phillips has been nominated for a total of 6 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor. The nod there goes to Somali actor Barkhad Abdi. The film itself was reasonably successful at the box office, but not a massive blockbuster. I guess the more serious films just don’t pull in the crowds like they used to.
After the disappointment of Gravity, this movie was a welcome change of pace. The story is a true one, based on events that took place in International waters off the coast of Somalia in 2009. To think that a huge transport ship could be taken over by just four pirates is an amazing thought, but it happens all the time. The power of the machine gun I guess. What transpires throughout the two hours of the film does keep you on the edge of your seat for most of the film and there is no point in hiding the fact that it does turn out alright in the end (the subject is easily researched online).
There are a few very good performances in this movie and Barkhad Abdi as the lead pirate in the attack deserves his nomination. Aside from the truly interesting nature of the story, one particular highlight of the movie is Hanks’ performance in the lead role in the last 5 minutes of the film. I don’t think he has done anything quite as good since Philadelphia and it really bring it home to you what he has actually just been through. Let me make one thing clear here, this isn’t a movie that is full of special effects. It is a movie that makes you think more about the actual people involved in the story and why they do the things they do. This is certainly one of the better Oscar nominated movies I have seen this year and I still have a few more to get through, so I will leave you with my mark for the movie which is at the upper end of the scale. A very good 3 stars.