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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

Friday, 21 February 2014 04:03

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The Buzz: 

      In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was boarded and taken over by four somali pirates. Not peg legged, hook handed, jolly roger flying vagabonds, but true to life murderous sons of bitches with legitimately nothing to lose. Captain Phillips tells the story of...Rich Phillips, the captain of the Alabama who was taken hostage by the pirates and forced to be their bartering chip.

 

 

Captain Phillips Poster


Life of the party:
 

      I'll start this section off saying that I did not have high hopes for this movie: It seemed like a boring rip off of what was an interesting story 4 years ago. I will admit to you all, that I was pleasantly surprised. There are some significant actors that lend their faces to this movie, though you probably wouldnt know them by name. There are alot of "HEY! THAT GUY!" moments. Seriously look up Shane Murphy, David Warshofsky, and Chris Mulkey. Yeah, you've seen them. You didn't know who they were though (unless you are just really good like that).

 
David Warshofsky

"I knew him from law and order... he murdered people..."

     anywho... You may also recognize the namesake of the movie, Tom Hanks. He played some slow guy that could run in Forrest Gump, and a white guy with sweet ups in Showtime at the Apollo 13.

      You know him, you probably love SOMETHING he's been in, and honestly, he fucking kills it in this movie. Hanks has played a hundred different roles a hundred different ways, and we all know he is a fantastic actor. Somehow though, this one was different. Sure he was great at playing the role, but it wasn't something you can just point at and say "THIS is why he was great at it". Maybe it was how natural it all seemed, and sincere emotion that he channeled in what were Rich Phillips most terrifying moments.

     I feel like I've gone too far in writing without mentioning the men that portrayed the Somali pirates. These aren't names you will know, they aren't names you can really pronounce half the time, but they are people you should know if for no other reason than to tip your hat for what they did for the movie. Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, and Mahat Ali all play the pirates that hijacked the Alabama. Now, I don't know a thing about these guys. They have be expertly trained actors, or they might have actually lived the damn life of a Somali pirate, I don't know. But what I can tell you is that they steal this movie. It's an awkward mix of feelings that these guys create on screen with Hanks. If you want to look at it plainly, it's a fight of good and evil where these pirates are trying to kidnap, kill, and steal their way to some sort of riches. But it really isn't that black and white...

 

Racist toons

"THATS RACIST"

     
     There is interplay between the pirates and Phillips that clearly show their humanity. This isn't pure evil that drives them, there is a severe desperation that is present from the very beginning of their journey. They meet their end in spectacular fashion, but it was an end that they knew was always a possibility. It was an end they were willing to risk.

Potential Hangovers

     This was not a fun movie. By that, I mean that this wasn’t a movie you go into with jokes in mind. There wasn’t a lot that you could really poke fun at, truthfully.

Clarkduncan

"After the Green Mile, Michael Clark Duncan Really slimmed down”
 

     Does that make this a bad movie? No, not at all, but it does make it one that you have to watch with a certain mood present. It’s dramatic and thrilling, but not in a super exciting way. It’s emotional and visceral without blatant violence and all the typical action that you would expect.

Vibe: Solo experience, small group, serious date night

     I saw this movie on a date night, and though we enjoyed it, it was an emotional ride. I can’t really recommend this as a party or big drinking movie, it just doesn’t lend itself to that style of viewing. Watch it in a small group, or with a few friends when you want to watch something that ISN’T Cockneys vs Zombies.


Plus/Minus
Well acted and seems to be a decent reenacting of the story

+ some really gripping and emotional scenes
not a fun and exciting movie like we usually do here. 

The Drinking Game 

Seriously? you want to do this? Jesus you are a sick freak... ok.. Let me think of something here. 

Drink Every time you hear the name "Irish".

Drink Everytime Muse calms one of the other pirates down from murdering everyone.

 

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