I some times forget how good Tom hanks is, he has made countless blockbusters but mixed within his back catalogue is a mix of serious heart pounding performances, Captain Phillips is no exception.
Knowing that this is based on a true story brings an extra dimension but with old Tom in the saddle you always feel that the journey will be worth while, he plays the captain of a cargo ship that gets taken over my Somalian pirates, the director and screen writer do a fab job of sticking to the heart of the story and avoid creating an action flick to please everyone..
I am sure the real Captain Phillips would be moved by Toms showing, with just his eyes he conveys fear, hatred,worry and relief better than anyone out there, just when you think his job is done, there is scene near the end of the film that will have many guys taking a gulp and most ladies reaching for the tissues.
Tom with the real Captain -
Tom deserves an Oscar for this one.
During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Tom Hanks says the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge. Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally to build up tension between the actors on board the ship and the actors playing the Somaili pirates.
Tom Hanks claimed that the scene of Captain Philips’ medical examination was improvised on the spot with real-life Navy Corpsman Danielle Albert, who was told to simply follow her usual procedure. However, Albert was so star-struck by Hanks that she froze during the first take. Hanks joked to her that he was supposed to be the one in shock during the scene.