Most people know Paul Greengrass for directing The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, both of which were critical and box office success stories. However, in some respects, the filmmaker’s greater artistic accomplishments may very well be considered his intense dramatizations of violent historical events (Bloody Sunday, United 93) – ones which resonate on a greater social-political level, because of the subject matter they address (and the eventual repercussions of said incidents).
That’s a long way of saying: Greengrass’ upcoming movie, Captain Phillips, has the same cinema veritae-style cinematography and editing approach (read: the approach often lumped in the general “Shaky Cam” category) as his previous films, but falls in the same particular area as his past inspired-by-real-events productions – excluding his Bourne-esque part-fictional/part-fact based Iraq War drama, Green Zone. That is to say, this flick has awards season contender written all over it.
Captain Phillips is based on the memoir “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” written by Richard Phillips and Stephan Tatty. The film stars Tom Hanks as Mr. Phillips: Captain of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates back in 2009 – an event that led in Phillips being taken hostage by the sea-criminals. Catherine Keener (The Croods) plays Phillips’ wife, while the remainder of the supporting cast is largely populated by less-known/newcomer talent.
Whereas the first Captain Philips trailer focuses mostly on setting up the film’s storyline, the second theatrical preview teases at the backstories for both Phillips – for whom it was just another day at work (before he was kidnapped) – in addition to the malnourished Somali pirates, who raided the Maersk Alabama in the hopes of gaining a fast payday. Greengrass did a solid job, when it came to portraying the terrorists in United 93 as three-dimensional, while still managing to keep a clinical perspective (read: not over-sympathizing with them) – which is to say, he looks to manage as well with the pirates in Captain Phillips.
Beyond that, Captain Phillips looks like a tightly-constructed engaging dramatic-thriller, anchored by another strong performance from Tom Hanks (debates about the authenticity of his accent aside) and good script work by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games). Count us among those who are keen to see how the final movie turns out – regardless of whether or not it manages to pick up speed during the upcoming Oscar season.
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Captain Phillips opens in U.S. theaters on October 11th, 2013.
Source: Sony Pictures