CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is based on
the true story of Captain
Phillips who has his freighter Maresk Alabama
hijacked by Somali pirates back in 2009.
It is one of the few piracy stories that have a happy ending. I didn’t
watch this incident on the news when
it happened and the previews make it feel like you have seen the whole movie,
but the actual theatrical trailers mostly show footage from the first two
thirds of the movie. Director Paul
Greengrass has crafted a tense drama about a battle of wills between two
Captains- Phillips and the Somali pirate Muse.
He draws you into the world of Phillips and what is happening with the
other characters including the Navy’s attempt to rescue Captain Phillips. The
true drama remains mostly intact with the
exception of Hollywood rewriting
changing one of the things that happened to Phillips.
The audio commentary with Director
Paul Greengrass has him
talking about the story, the actual events, and getting every detail right with
CAPTURING CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
(58:16) is a collection of three
behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the movie with interviews from
director Paul Greengrass, actor Tom Hanks, the real Captain Phillips, and other
members of the cast and crew:
EMBARKATION- a look at the
actual events that formed the
basis for the movie with actual news footage and the way Paul Greengrass shoots
his movies with three cameras, rehearsals on the day of shooting, and sometimes
getting something special on the first take
FULL AHEAD- all about the actual
boat they shot on (a sister
ship of the Alabama) and shooting
on the water (and making the engineering scenes more exciting even if it
wouldn’t make sense to an actual boat engineer) and actors doing their own
STAND FAST- behind-the-scenes
look at the Navy rescue of
Captain Phillips and how it would have felt for Captain Phillips in that
launch. Also they mention the final
scene of the movie was improvised scene thought up on the spot.
Also on the blu-ray are previews
for THE MONUMENTS MEN,
AMERICAN HUSTLE, LAST VEGAS, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, and THE ARMSTRONG LIE, but
none of the theatrical trailers for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS show up on the disc. Also
included in this combo pack is the movie
in standard definition on DVD.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is an intense true drama of the battle between two
captains. A must see and another great
film from director Paul Greengrass. Tom
Hanks is fantastic in another everyman role.
The behind-the-scenes material is even great to watch.
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