Excerpt: E invece Captain Phillips è sorprendente e riuscito, tanto più quando Greengrass rinuncia sostanzialmente al movimento fisico ed all’azione e rinchiude i suoi protagonisti in un piccola scialuppa di salvataggio, in mezzo all’oceano.
Excerpt: Thanks to the concerted effort by cast and crew, Phillips’ crucible vicariously becomes the viewer’s own. Cinematically placed in his predicament, the eventual exhaustion and shock from the trauma is mutual.
Excerpt: Greengrass’ knack for gripping action is on fine display and the entire conflict feels about as well-researched as his 9/11 film was. The stakes aren’t as high, the wounds aren’t so large, and the story isn’t as familiar as the one told in United 93, giving this film less weight but greater unpredictability.
Excerpt: It’s a good, often thoughtful film boasting a compassionate performance from Tom Hanks and a breakout one from Abdi, but despite its tense real life events, “Captain Phillips'” impact is late breaking.
Excerpt: A “Capitán Phillips” le pasa lo que le pasaba a “United 93”: Paul Greengrass quiere sostener un largometraje con personajes que no conoces ni te importan, estirando una situación de tensión y recurriendo al estilo documental.
Excerpt: Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray (“Flightplan,” “The Hunger Games”) clearly have some sympathy for their pirates, who are, after all, only the last link in a chain of warlords and criminal middlemen who all stand to make more money than the boys on the boats, desperate former fishermen who take most of the risks. This attitude is not likely to be shared by the audience, likely waiting for a big action scene with the SEALs which ultimately delivers less than expected. After all, how sympathetic can you feel towards someone who’s pointing a gun at Tom Hanks?
Excerpt: As far as I’m concerned, every heart-pounding adventure constructed from a horrifying true incident should be offered to Paul Greengrass first. If he passes, then open the field to other directors.
Excerpt: Paul Greengrass’ skill as a director is in taking this terrible true story and making it cinematic without it being exploitative (something United 93 also did very effectively), while still retaining the sense of scary realism that makes it so compelling.
Excerpt: A fascinating true story, and a fascinating film to match it. Captain Phillips is a riveting thriller that might get overlooked come awards season due to its genre, but make no mistake: this is one of the year’s best films.
Excerpt: Had this been a more conventional movie, the aftermath of the kidnapping would have been all about backslapping and congratulations. Instead, Captain Phillips shows us the toll of trauma and what we really should expect once the adrenalin wears off.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: Greengrass trumps any fantasy notion you have about pirates.
Excerpt: Regardless of the audience’s political opinions regarding the underlying justifications of the Somali pirates (fishermen who overtake ships carrying millions of dollars worth of goods after illicit dumping of toxic waste along the Somali coast by Western corporations destroyed the fishing industry), “Captain Phillips” provides a clear viewpoint on human despair and the outlandish lengths to which the U.S. military goes in order to rescue just one man.