Film review: Captain Phillips; Update: Crewmates push back on narrative

posted at 9:31 am on October 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

In March 2009, the world watched as Somali pirates hijacked the container ship Maersk Alabama off the Horn of Africa, and then kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips in a powered lifeboat when they lost control of the ship.  Captain Phillips tells the story of the ship, the pirates, and Phillips’ frightening ordeal over several days in the Gulf of Aden — and it may be the best movie of the year.

The film starts with Phillips (Tom Hanks) preparing for his long flight to Oman to take command of the Maersk Alabama, spending as little time as absolutely necessary to establish that Phillips has a family and a tough approach to his job. (If you blink, you’ll miss the fact that Catherine Keener has a brief cameo as Phillips’ wife.)  His crew get only a little more introduction to the audience before the action switches to Somalia, where Abdulwadi Muse helps collect a large crew of pirates after being threatened by the local crime bosses to get to work. The pirates soon put themselves on a collision course with the Maersk Alabama, and the rest really is history.

Director Paul Greenglass brought the story of United 93 to audiences in heartbreaking and realistic detail, and Greenglass picks up where he left off with Captain Phillips – a story with a more satisfying ending, of course.  While Greenglass deploys Shaky Cam and Nostril Shot way too often in the exposition sequences, he puts both to great effect during the real action and tension sequences. The action even includes Phillips’ ill-fated escape attempt, just before his eventual rescue.  The film makes almost no reference to politics, only mentioning a couple of times that the White House’s highest priority was to keep the pirates from returning to Somalia with a hostage, which wasn’t exactly a secret, or controversial either. Scenes involving the US Navy ships and the SEALs are highly realistic and impressive.   If Act of Valor gave the most realistic cinematic depiction of special forces operations, this film has to be a close second, albeit without any real exposure of detailed tactics.

Hanks gives a superb performance as Richard Phillips, especially in the second half of the film as a hostage.  In fact, the performance gets better and better as the film goes along, with Hanks’ last scenes perhaps his best in years.  However, Barkhad Abdi as Abdulwadi Muse almost steals the movie.  Abdi and his fellow actors playing the Somali pirates were cast in a open call here in the Twin Cities, and they all do a good job, but Muse gives the most nuanced of all the performances.

Captain Phillips provides a harrowing and gripping ride, all the more so for its basis in real life. On the Hot Air scale, I definitely give it a five:

  • 5 – Full price ticket
  • 4 – Matinee only
  • 3 – Wait for Blu-Ray/DVD/PPV rental or purchase
  • 2 – Watch it when it hits Netflix/cable
  • 1 – Avoid at all costs

In fact, I might go see it again.  However, the MPAA PG-13 rating may be a little misleading.  It gets bloody, and the tension and violence are pretty high for young teens.  I’m surprised this didn’t get an R rating, so parents should be warned.

Update: Another thought, which I posted on Twitter:

It’s almost Jack Webb-esque in its fair and honest treatment of the military.

Update, 8:38 pm ET: I write my movie reviews on Friday or Saturday for Sunday publication (and I do the same with the NFL threads), and today I spent all day at church and then with my granddaughters at a local pumpkin patch, including dinner. This is the first I’ve had a chance to read this from the New York Post:

“Phillips wasn’t the big leader like he is in the movie,” says one crew member, who, for legal reasons, spoke with The Post anonymously. He worked very closely with Phillips on the Maersk Alabama and was alarmed by his behavior from the beginning. Phillips, he says, had a bad reputation for at least 12 years prior, known as a sullen and self-righteous captain.

“No one wants to sail with him,” he says.

After the hijacking, 11 crew members have sued Maersk Line and the Waterman Steamship Corp. for almost $50 million, alleging “willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.” Phillips is a witness for the defense.

“The crew had begged Captain Phillips not to go so close to the Somali coast,” said Deborah Waters, the attorney who brought the claim. “He told them he wouldn’t let pirates scare him or force him to sail away from the coast.”

I don’t want to excerpt too much, not just for fair-use limitations but also because readers should go to the Post to read it entirely.  It’s good to remember that “Based on a true story” in Hollywoodese usually means “most of this we made up,” but in this case it could be on Phillips, as Greenglass and screenwriter Billy Ray used Phillips’ book as their source material.

Anyway, thanks to the several readers (John Ziegler among them) who sent me links to this story. I just only now got home and saw them, and the Post’s story went up several hours after I’d already written the review.


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I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Thanks ed! Great review. It is certainly now on my list as a must see

ted c on October 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

There are a handful of actors I think this applies to (Sean Penn being a good example). I’ve found that life is considerably less enjoyable though if you just shut people out purely over political differences. Politics is everything to the hard left, being the party of limited government it would behoove us not to follow suit.

gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Tom Hanks has enough Oscars… oh, what am I saying typing, I don’t really care…

ExpressoBold on October 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Tom Hanks

Uh, no thanks. Hanks uses his wealth to destroy America – most recently calling for a third obama term. Why support the destruction of America?

Pork-Chop on October 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

There are a handful of actors I think this applies to (Sean Penn being a good example). I’ve found that life is considerably less enjoyable though if you just shut people out purely over political differences. Politics is everything to the hard left, being the party of limited government it would behoove us not to follow suit.
gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I find not watching Tom Hanks perfectly enjoyable.

Not one dime from me either. I think I’ll live not seeing their crap every week.

bluegill on October 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Pork-Chop on October 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Exactly. As long as he’s a boot licking, azz kissing leftist, I’ll pass.

chewmeister on October 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

In fact, I might go see it again.

Apparently Ed doesn’t think he’s contributed enough to Tom Hanks and his causes.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Even if Hanks was not a boot licking, azz kissing lefty, I would still be tired of him and less inclined to see a film with him it. I’m also sick of muzzies unless the film ends with them all being killed.

Blake on October 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Forrest Gump tries to captain a ship. I don’t know about this.

22044 on October 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Abdi and his fellow actors playing the Somali pirates were cast in a open call here in the Twin Cities, and they all do a good job,

Now see if you can figure out why, Ed. Or was this intentional irony?

Politics is everything to the hard left, being the party of limited government it would behoove us not to follow suit.
gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Why? Favoring “limited government” is not the same thing as ignoring your enemies as they steal your country. And giving them your money and admiration to help them do it.

bofh on October 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

From the beginning the crew said it was BS.

I’ll probably On Demand it.

Ben Hur on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Forrest Gump tries to captain a ship. I don’t know about this.

22044 on October 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

“That’s my boat.”

chewmeister on October 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

” … the action switches to Somalia, where Abdulwadi Muse helps collect a large crew of pirates after being threatened by the local crime bosses to get to work.

Do we know that as fact?
Just Curious
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM

what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM


Exactly what qualifies you to be so prejudiced and judgmental? It’s an opinion. Everyone is qualified to have one or several or as many as they want to have without recrimination and rudeness from the likes of you.

ExpressoBold on October 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

AFAIK, the Corpsman in the film is the real ship’s corpsman on the ship used for the film – the USS Truxtun (DDG-103). The Bainbridge (DDG-96) was unavailable at the time and the Truxtun had some other tings going on that made her ideal for the task.

And the crew used as extras and characters in the film? Could not be paid a dime. The company offered scale, but the Navy refused.

There are slight differences to the ships – The Bainbridge has an enclosed deckhouse for anti-mine gear on the starboard side just ahead of the helo hangar and the Truxtun does not. Otherwise they appear nearly identical.

I’ve spent time on both ships recently (I’m a Navy contractor tasked with assisting ships improving their material condition). In fact, the Bainbridge is currently commanded by a neighbor of mine.

Jeff Weimer on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Exactly what qualifies you to be so prejudiced and judgmental? It’s an opinion. Everyone is qualified to have one or several or as many as they want to have without recrimination and rudeness from the likes of you.

ExpressoBold on October 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

it’s an ignorant opinion that deserve mocking

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

F*ck Tom Hanks, and F*ck you, nonpartisan. No one is going to listen to a lecture from you about being narrow minded.

teacherman on October 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I have nothing intelligent to contribute, so I will settle for insipid blather.

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Fixed.

22044 on October 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Ah yes, the opinion of a graduate of the harvard school of animal husbandry and transgender studies is soooo much more worthy.

BeachBum on October 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Ah yes, the opinion of a graduate of the harvard school of animal husbandry and transgender studies is soooo much more worthy.

BeachBum on October 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You owe me a keyboard.

chewmeister on October 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Recently watched United 93 and, yes, the Shaky-Cam and Nostril-Shot technique was present in that Greenglass movie – to a fault.

Have tickets to see Captain Phillips today. That photo technique is mentioned in this review. If it’s there again and overdone, I may have to vote with my feet before the closing credits.

TimBuk3 on October 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Ed,

if you want Pittsburgh to win today_don’t pick them!

gerrym51 on October 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I feel like it might have been better to call the movie the “Maersk Alabama”.

Count to 10 on October 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I don’t care about athletes politics nor actors politics.

gerrym51 on October 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

See you at the next Ted Nugent concert, then?

Bat Chain Puller on October 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Drama queen b!tch.

Solaratov on October 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Animal Husbandry?

Ben Hur on October 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Animal Husbandry?

Ben Hur on October 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Not touching that.

katy the mean old lady on October 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Ok movie….not worth seeing a 2nd time though.

Shaky cam and lifeboat simulation camera made my wife sick and she had to leave with 50 minutes left in movie. I stayed to tell her about what happened in last half of movie. Took me all of 2 minutes to fill her in.

Bring Dramamine or don’t go if you have a tendency to get motion sick.

Ditkaca on October 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Gonna pay money to see Bill O’Reilly next month?

Skywise on October 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Abdi and his fellow actors playing the Somali pirates were cast in a open call here in the Twin Cities,

How long before they are not acting?

BL@KBIRD on October 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’d suggest life is considerably less enjoyable thanks to what many of these actors have done to the country (via leftist propaganda).

I’d also suggest that refusing to support Hollywood is a lot different than cutting off friends because they don’t agree with you.

Maybe you’re hooked on the Silver Screen and Boob Tube, but my life certainly won’t end or be gloomier without either. I’d certainly miss the popcorn, though.

eforhan on October 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I understand the feeling, but would you want people in your profession saying “I won’t hire conservatives. They’re bad for business.”

I won’t see a movie such as Dead Man Walking which tries to preach Hollyweird’s values to me, but Tom Hanks is a good actor and I’ve enjoyed every movie I’ve seen him in.

Kafir on October 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie (NY Post)

Chriscom on October 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I assumed Hollywood was making this movie to make America fall in love with Somali terrorists. Nice to know that’s not the case.

By the way, can someone in the conservative media, if there is a conservative media, find out the identities of the American and British terrorists who carried out the attack in Kenya a few weeks ago? Which states were they from, schooled, etc. Thanks.

Buddahpundit on October 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I’m with you. It’s probably futile to attempt to contribute no financial support to actors (and other entertainers) who use their wealth and social position to harm people — since the money in the system sloshes around so much — but I can’t find any excuse anymore for not at least trying when it;s as glaring as, “Starring Tom Hanks.”

Hanks’ achieving his political goals means more people physically suffer with a broken health-care system; thoughts are policed by an atheist->left educational system and its nihilistic values; deeper poverty for the deeply poor, more people slipping into poverty, and no chance for escaping poverty for anyone; and so on. When we nominate decent people for political office, Hanks metaphorically assassinates them, and he works as hard as he can to keep people like Obama in authority over us.

On balance, I think I can live without two more hours at another Hanks fundraiser.

Axe on October 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

no conservative should spend a nickel or write word in praise of a Tom Hanks movie. by so doing you are essentially helping to enable the Hollywood left. once I see the name Clooney, Hanks, Spielberg, Damon, etc, it’s an automatic pass for me.

Get Netflix and you can find thousands of movies, good movies, which are made by people who practice good filmmaking but keep their politics out of the theatre.

exceller on October 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Thanks ed! Great review. It is certainly now on my list as a must see

ted c on October 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

..I’m with “thou”..all Hanks and Damon movies automatically get put on my “must avoid” list for the rest of eternity. (Don’t even watch the re-runs.)

The War Planner on October 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Yeah. Not giving Hanks any of my money. Ever. Though I suppose there will be a glamorous showing of it in the White House eventually, so I’ll be paying for that.

Rational Thought on October 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Lie?

Bmore on October 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

On balance, I think I can live without two more hours at another Hanks fundraiser.

Axe on October 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Well Said. The Leftist, Catholic-bashing punk aint worth a dime.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Harvard you say? Where you in a frat? Which one?

Bmore on October 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Wasn’t Glen Doherty (later abandoned to die in Benghazi) one of the SEALs who saved Captain Phillips? Pretty sure I read that somewhere but can’t remember for sure. If true they should have at least mentioned him in the credits or something.

tidemonster on October 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I don’t see any mention of our very own boy king Ogabe. I thought he was the hero of this incident. Didn’t he agonize for days whether to fire on his african muslim brothers? Who plays him in the movie taking the money shot?

BeachBum on October 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Here’s a review of what actually happened:

http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

EddieC on October 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Check out Drudge today. There is a link to crew interviews who claim the movie is pure myth making of Captain Phillips who in real life was a lousy professional who was despised by the crew for taking unwise routes too close to know piracy areas of the Somali coast. Basically they blame the captain for getting hijacked.

richardb on October 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Say, um, Ed, it’s Paul Greengrass, not Greenglass.

mdavt on October 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I don’t care about athletes politics nor actors politics.

gerrym51 on October 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

And how’s that been working for us?

These people acquire wealth and fame and then use both to advance Leftist politicians and programs against us.

Don’t feed them. They understand what a financial bottom line is very well despite their Liberal BS, and they have tremendous egos to boot. The knowledge that millions of Conservative Americans aren’t interested would send a message, not sure what the result would be, but would get their attention.

Unfortunately, not enough Conservatives understand this and keep helping to support them through ticket, album, DVD and apparel sales as the case may be.

Don’t dismiss these people out of hand as being harmless.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

So, you don’t read anything by Mark Twain, in fact you probably read much at all since most authors fall into the same category…and most directors of movies, so you don’t can’t watch any movies…music, you are out of luck.

Artists are artists, wacky, always a bit eccentric, that is who they are…so you pretty much have no art in your life, you are left with what?

Politician’s? Or maybe some idiot journalists like Beck who soak up your money by getting you to dance like a monkey at the end of a grinders chain?

Oh, btw, John Wayne is dead…

right2bright on October 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Unfortunately, not enough Conservatives understand this and keep helping to support them through ticket, album, DVD and apparel sales as the case may be.

Don’t dismiss these people out of hand as being harmless.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Really, who do you send your money to? Hannity, Beck?

Do you actually think they are doing this because they love America? They do it for the money…your money, they are no different and the outcome is no different.

Look who Hannity respects…Sharpton, because he creates ratings.

Wise up, you are supporting who you despise, at least when I go to a Hanks movie I get it…I know who my enemy is, you are oblivious.

right2bright on October 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I saw it Friday and the only part of the movie I remember was how obnoxious the shakey cam was, even when charactors were standing still.

wdmdoug on October 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Exactly what qualifies you to be so prejudiced and judgmental? It’s an opinion. Everyone is qualified to have one or several or as many as they want to have without recrimination and rudeness from the likes of you.

ExpressoBold on October 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

it’s an ignorant opinion that deserve mocking

partisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Just like the ignorant opinions of these folks, right?

Right?

“We, the undersigned, ask that out of respect of the New Haven community, which is experiencing a great deal of grief as a result of the Trayvon Martin verdict, you cancel the Ted Nugent show scheduled for August 6th… We understand that you may consider this a First Amendment issue, and while Mr. Nugent has a right to his speech that right does not require that he do so here.”

F-

Del Dolemonte on October 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Here’s a review of what actually happened:

http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

EddieC on October 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

This has convinced me to not waste my money on this “One Big Lie”

Thanks for sharing

Conservative4Ever on October 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

noforeskin on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM…

…you’re touching it…and talking to it again…aren’t you?…get a grip!

KOOLAID2 on October 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I feel like it might have been better to call the movie the “Maersk Alabama”.

Count to 10 on October 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

How about Saving Pirate Lyin’, in light of the objections from crew members to lies in the film.

Christien on October 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I don’t see any mention of our very own boy king Ogabe. I thought he was the hero of this incident. Didn’t he agonize for days whether to fire on his african muslim brothers? Who plays him in the movie taking the money shot?

BeachBum on October 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Then they’d have to call the movie “Spades.”

86 on October 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’d rather talk to a bloody volleyball for hours than goes see this.

Like an actor on a movie screen
Living out somebody else’s dream
Living out a total misconception
Reality, a false perception

The Kinks – Cliches of the World (B Movie)

Christien on October 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Also — what’s with the bad “JFK” impression that Hanks is doing? I find myself laughing at him.

dpduq on October 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Jamaican Somalis. I guess Americans cost too much.

unclesmrgol on October 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I’ve found that life is considerably less enjoyable though if you just shut people out purely over political differences. Politics is everything to the hard left, being the party of limited government it would behoove us not to follow suit.
gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’m with eforhan on this. Life is “considerably less enjoyable” due to the actions of these America-hating traitors, and I for one refuse to reward them with my ever-shrinking pool of discretionary dollars.

As for Hanks, kudos to anyone who can ever hear the sound of his voice again without harkening back to the propaganda film he chose to narrate. I can’t, and would probably throw up if I tried.

Maddie on October 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Oh, btw, John Wayne is dead…

right2bright on October 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Testy are we today. Cheap shots we be full of, say I.

unclesmrgol on October 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

what a narrow little mind you have there
sigh
nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

So, are you going to ask Mommy for spending money and a ride to the movie theatre then? Oh, and has your expanded and enlightened mind found a job yet so you can start paying your parents back?

Maddie on October 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Ed:

You should post an update based on the comment from dpduq and others. The whole movie script is a fake. It is a lie based not on what actually happened, but on Phillips’ fake memoir. It is a lot less believable and severely detracts from a movie’s quality when you know it is just more Hollywood BS. Even if it is a well made film.

What I would like to see is a heroic movie about Captain Sully landing his plane in the Hudson.

JeffB. on October 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Tom Hanks…no thanks.

OxyCon on October 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Oh, btw, John Wayne is dead…
right2bright on October 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

So is Mark Twain, dear. And I fail to see how anything Twain wrote could be interpreted as supporting the REB’s agenda.

Maddie on October 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Here we go again, a bunch of old farts shouting Get Off My Lawn. Thanks for the review, Ed, I’m definitely going to catch it in the theaters.

John the Libertarian on October 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

right2bright on October 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

WTH?

When did I say to watch Hannity or listen to Beck?

Did you actually read what I wrote or are you just in the mood to go on a tirade about anything today?

Sheesh.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Not one dime from me either. I think I’ll live not seeing their crap every week.

bluegill on October 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Watch them on the multitudinous sites that let you download the movie.

That way you’re still seeing the film but not paying for it. Of course, a lot of people get screwed when you do this, the headline actor least of all.

Defenestratus on October 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Joe McCarthy was right.

bernzright777 on October 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Here we go again, a bunch of old farts shouting Get Off My Lawn. Thanks for the review, Ed, I’m definitely going to catch it in the theaters.
John the Libertarian on October 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Is your high horse going to see the movie too?

Maddie on October 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Someone referred to a shaky cam. If that’s the case, I will pass.

22044 on October 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Note to the HotAir editors: Why oh why do you continue to allow nonpartisan to hijack EVERY single thread? If the entity had something to contribute, it would do it in a single post. But all it does is poke sticks through the cage, trying to incite people — that’s not freedom of speech, that’s juvenile bear-baiting.

I log in, read the initial post and think, “Ok, that might have some interesting comments”, and after the first 3 or 4, here comes nonpartisan and name-calling. And there-after the whole point of the post is lost in schoolyard bickering. Like the gunslinger said, “some people deserve dying” … and some people deserve banning for the greater good.

NahnCee on October 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Movie may be well made… but likely not nearly as accurate as we like to think “based on true story” things should be.

Eye opening: http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

Sugar Land on October 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Ditto. I read a few comments from people who felt that politicizing the guy’s work product wasn’t fair. When he encourages the bankruptcy of my kids, he’s a socialist jerk and giving money or attention to him is wrong.

beatcanvas on October 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie (NY Post)

Chriscom on October 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Wow!

SagebrushPuppet on October 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

How about Saving Pirate Lyin’, in light of the objections from crew members to lies in the film.

Christien on October 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Thanks for the laugh!

SagebrushPuppet on October 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Watched “August Rush” last night. Highly recommend it.

Great music, intriguing story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0c_egqXAM

MichaelGabriel on October 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Also — what’s with the bad “JFK” impression that Hanks is doing? I find myself laughing at him.

dpduq on October 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Based on the trailer, his attempt at Walt Disney in SAVING MR. BANKS is going to be laughable too. And not in the fun way.

SagebrushPuppet on October 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Oh, btw, John Wayne is dead…

not2bright

So is Mark Twain ya dumb cluck.

xblade on October 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I’m not paying a penny to watch anything with Tom Hanks in it. No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Because of good reviews, I nearly relented from this same conviction on Friday night. After reading today that some of the crew say it is all a ‘big lie’, I am glad I didn’t override my position that I will not contribute anything more to the grossly overpaid court jesters who continue to prop up the Marxist loser in the White House.
‘Based on a true story’ movies which distort the truth are almost as galling as overpaid filthy rich clowns who want to impose socialism on the rest of us.

maryo on October 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

So is Mark Twain ya dumb cluck.

xblade on October 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

No, Sam Clemens or Mark Twain is alive and well on Riverworld.

Oldnuke on October 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Great review, Ed. I enjoyed the film a lot. My wife serves on the Truxtun, so it was a particular thrill to see her shipmates on screen, and how the movie puts the Navy’s professionalism on display. It is a very pro-military movie.

PhilBoynton on October 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Forget Hank’s politics. I’d like to know how this guy ever got to be so successful in Hollywood? He’s not funny. He’s not charismatic. He’s not even particularly good-looking. What is he?

rickv404 on October 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I vowed years ago when Hanks and Ron Howard made the Da Vinci Code that neither of them would ever get another penny of my hard-earned money. I try not to reward those who trash my Savior. I don’t care if this is the best movie of all time, I won’t see it.

I’m sorry that apparently he turns in a good performance and the movie will probably be a box office hit – I’ve been enjoying his lack of success since the Da Vinci Code.

I find I go to fewer and fewer movies – too expensive and I find Hollywood to be just so anti-Christian and anti-American that I can’t, in good conscience, support it.

Turn MD Red on October 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Greenglass deploys Shaky Cam

Aaaaand that’s where I get off the “may watch” train. Thanks for the warning.

Not sure what this brings to the experience for others.

kim roy on October 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

There are a handful of actors I think this applies to (Sean Penn being a good example). I’ve found that life is considerably less enjoyable though if you just shut people out purely over political differences. Politics is everything to the hard left, being the party of limited government it would behoove us not to follow suit.

gdossetto on October 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

There’s a difference between enjoying life and funding their activities.

I keep saying every week in these threads “spread the wealth” and “don’t fund them but also check these things out”.

So there it is this week. Google is your friend if you still want to watch, but don’t want to fund their anti-conservative activities.

kim roy on October 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I don’t care about athletes politics nor actors politics.

gerrym51 on October 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

You enjoy losing and being propagandized about by people with very big megaphones and influence. Good for you. I don’t. Breitbart was spot on and we still don’t heed his message.

kim roy on October 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The film is nothing but one big lie according to the crew members.
http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

Axion on October 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Good to see that Hanks and Keener stuck together after they met after Helen Hunt dumped him at the end of Castaway.

Haiku Guy on October 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Not a frigging dime will I pay for another reel of Hanks’ smug, self-impressed, fat face.

squint on October 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Can’t wait for Hanks to star as Ambassador Stevens in the up and coming Benghazi tragedy movie? Or maybe he can play President Clinton? Definitely a dead ringer for Anthony Weiner. We’re talking an endless string of Oscar nominations.

racquetballer on October 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I guess an “Update” about what the other crewmen had to say about Capt. Phillips in real life and their view of the movie must have not been important. The crewmen all have said the movie is total BS and that Capt. Phillips was an egotistical bully who would not follow orders. They said the movie was fine entertainment but it was almost all untrue.

inspectorudy on October 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

hanks can go pound salt just like the steelers management……

crosshugger on October 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

… No more money for Marxist actors.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM


what a narrow little mind you have there

sigh

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Try it again from the left:

The film “Ender’s Game” tells the story of a gifted child sent to a military academy in space to prepare for an alien invasion. It’s catnip for the Comic-Con crowd, and Lionsgate Entertainment wants to position it as November’s big-budget blockbuster. But the studio is encountering an unexpected publicity nightmare: an activist group called Geeks Out is pushing a boycott of the film, claiming that anyone who pays to see it will effectively be subsidizing antigay “fear-mongering.

Or, in other words:

… no more money for bigoted writers.

In fact
The Left even agrees with bgibbs

Orson Scott Card has every right to express his opinions, but absolutely no right to our money. If you do not share his views and his extreme agenda, do not support them by buying a ticket to Ender’s Game. It matters that we and our allies stand up as a community against a homophobe looking to profit from our geekiness while attacking our rights and degrading our humanity.

Sauce for the goose, but not for the gander seems to be the MO of the Left.

* * *

Watch them [Leftie movies] on the multitudinous sites that let you download the movie.

That way you’re still seeing the film but not paying for it. Of course, a lot of people get screwed when you do this, the headline actor least of all.

Defenestratus on October 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

More from the Left:

Lionsgate is a pro-LGBT company and Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood and members of the cast have gone on-record as favoring gay rights and marriage equality. Why attack them?

We’re not attacking anyone. Skip Ender’s Game is about keeping the money you, I, and our friends work hard to earn from going to Orson Scott Card’s antigay activism. …
A boycott such as Skip Ender’s Game can’t retroactively affect the pay of the film’s cast and crew, which is not based on box office sales. Those profits go to the studio, producers, and Card. The hard work of the film’s cast and crew can be admired and recognized in numerous ways that do not financially benefit Orson Scott Card.

It’s great that Lionsgate and the creative team behind the film have publicly rejected Card’s and NOM’s views. They could have done that at any time, but it was only after bad publicity threatened to overshadow the film’s push at SDCC 2013 that either Lionsgate or Card addressed the issue publicly. Their promise of hosting some sort of LGBT benefit can be read as both generous and calculating. It does not change the fact that Orson Scott Card gets a piece of every dollar the film makes. Decide for yourself whether they should be your dollars.

…Were we trying to stop the film from being shown, or to remove the book from shelves, that would be censorship. Declining to participate and inviting our community to skip the movie is not. They have every right to try and sell it, but we don’t have to buy it.

The book is available in libraries and used bookstores, which don’t financially benefit Card. If you’ve been waiting all your life to see a movie version of Ender’s Game, just wait a little longer. The movie will be out on cable soon enough. You can also borrow DVDs for free from most libraries.

AesopFan on October 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

it’s an ignorant opinion that deserve mocking

nonpartisan on October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Yes, I agree. Your opinion does deserve to be mocked.

Irritable Pundit on October 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I feel like it might have been better to call the movie the “Maersk Alabama”.

Count to 10 on October 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

This. Also, the Post story starts off with “the Maersk Alabama” and then calls the ship “the Maersk” the rest of the way. This is something like referring to the Boeing 747 as “the Boeing”. Reporters are stupid.

Jaibones on October 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Animal Husbandry?

Ben Hur on October 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

They just want to marry who they looooovvvve.

Nutstuyu on October 14, 2013 at 1:39 AM

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