Maybe in America Irish, maybe in America – A Captain Phillips Review

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This intelligent thriller left me feeling emotionally exhausted by the time the credits were rolling. Captain Phillips is, without a doubt,  one of the best movies to appear on the silver screen this year.

Captain Phillips is based on the true story of a captain whose ship, the US Alabama, was hijacked by Solami pirates in 2009.

The Good

  • Excellent performance from Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Barkhad Abdi (Muse)
  • Fantastically written antagonist
  • Political subtext handled extremely well
  • Nail biting tension
  • That ending!

The OK

  • Errrrr….

The Bad

  • Ain’t nothing wrong with this film Irish

Movie Opinion

Gravity this, Gravity that. Now don’t get my wrong, Gravity is a good film, but why isn’t Captain Phillips getting the hype it deserves? Captain Phillips is intelligent, has complex and interesting characters, and also has amazing performances from both its leads. Maybe its down to earth story is a bit too close to home for most cinema goers who want to escape from reality for a bit, but do yourself a favour and go watch this movie. It’s an amazing film which is both a tense, gripping experience and is packed with great emotional depth.


2 thoughts on “Maybe in America Irish, maybe in America – A Captain Phillips Review

  1. Apparently the movie is a Hollywood lie – that could be why people are steering clear of it. The real Captain Phillips is being sued for willfully ignoring warnings about pirate attacks, purposely endangering the crew by sailing 400miles closer to the Somali coast than he should have and also not responding to the actual pirate attacks.


    1. This is news to me. Sounds hectic!

      Still, even if you take the “based on a true story” component out, it’s an excellent film.


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