"Captain Phillips" Review
"Captain Phillips" is nerve-racking and intense. The first act should've been executed differently. The film starts out as Richard Phillips and his wife Angie drive to the airport and the Somalis in poverty.
Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi deliver Oscar-worthy performances. The Maersk Alabama crew and pirates lack character development.
The events portrayed are very realistic, but predictable. The score is overpowering sometimes. The dialogue is repetitive throughout, with diverse wording. "Captain Phillips" is overlong, clocking in at two hours and fourteen minutes. It should've been thirty minutes shorter.
Once "Captain Phillips" is in full throttle, you may notice several similarities to "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty". The hostage crisis and the Navy SEALs, respectively.
I highly recommend seeing "Captain Phillips" in theatres, as it is an 2014 Oscar contender. B+