Captain Phillips rises the tide
Things I liked: I absolutely adore Tom Hanks. Who doesn’t? His emotion at the end brought tears to my eyes. So powerful. (SPOILER ALERT: I wanted to be that nurse and give him a big hug.) Some of the close-ups were SO close that you could see the pores of the skin on people’s faces. Not that I’ve ever actually met a real Somali, but the actors seemed very authentic. You hate the pirates, yet feel sorry for them at the same time. A recent TV show interviewed the actors who had auditioned for the roles and filmed them dancing in the ocean as soon as they learned they had been selected.
(SPOILER ALERT: The audience I sat with cheered at the end when the words on the screen revealed that Captain Phillips returned to work on ships after the ordeal.) The human spirit is inspiring.
Things I didn’t like: I wish there had been more character development of the crew on both sides – good guys and bad guys. Some of the scenes were a bit choppy…perhaps intentional to reflect the movement of the water? (SPOILER ALERT: So why did Captain Phillips jump out of the boat only to swim back to it? Because they were shooting at him?)
Uplifting theme: Heroism is doing scary things with courage. Navy Seals are total studs. In the words of Captain Phillips, “You gotta be strong to survive out there.”
Funny line: Not really funny, but true: “Everyone has a boss.”
Tips for parents: Violence and blood, but not as much swearing as you would expect from a ship’s burly crew. The Somalis constantly feed on a stimulant called Khat.
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