Movie Monday: Captain Phillips

My apologies for a much-delayed post, everyone! We have been gearing towards moving to a different host and spazzing up the website! You will see it soon. However, I wanted to share with everyone a review of the recently released Captain Phillips. We saw a late-night showing Friday night, stocked with popcorn, vitamin water, and Raisinets! Before I start, let me say that we both enjoyed the movie.

This movie is based on real events which happened in 2009. I remember them on the news. Somalian pirates had attacked and taken over a cargo ship near their coast. It was a scary few days, but in the end it was resolved. The problem was, by the time I saw this movie, I had forgotten if Capt. Phillips made it out alive or not (oops). Anyhow, it was surreal watching something from the inside that you had watched on from the “outside” via news sources. I’m not sure how accurate the movie is to the actual event, but still a movie worth watching.


Instead of painting the Somalians as evil pirates, the audience was given a real-world look on their lives. How they saw piracy as the only choice to survive. It gave a human element to the pirates and made the movie more gripping and complex. People do things for a reason, not because they have black hearts. Still, it was a frightening, hold-your-breath type of movie. The crew of Captain Phillips’ were just average everyday people, as was the captain himself. That brought more tension and anxiety for the audience, as you imagine yourself in the same situation.

The movie was smoothly played out, and it didn’t jump too quickly. However, the tension built the entire time because you knew what was going to happen. I can’t think of a part I would’ve taken out, it all seemed to help paint the picture of reality. It’s easy to see how many people in Captain Phillips’ situation would have buckled under the enormous pressure and gotten either the crew or themselves killed. It added to the strength of the character and pulled the audience to have a closer relationship with the protagonist. The tensions only get raised when the Navy comes in and has a time limit on how long they can let this situation last before they have to terminate it. Capt. Phillips is racing against time and the stability of his captors, and it’s unnerving to think about how it all may play out.


The stand-out factor for me in this movie was the acting. Tom Hanks did a brilliant job, especially in the last few scenes. He was extraordinarily connected to his character which made it an emotional end. The Somalians, too, did a great job and they weren’t even real actors–just Somalian-Americans from Minnesota. Overall, I give this movie a big thumbs up. Take time to see it! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

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Nymeria trying to escape the bath

Nymeria trying to escape the bath

9 Responses to "Movie Monday: Captain Phillips"

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  1. Chocolate Covered Race Medals

    October 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Ok I am not intrigued by the movie — I do <3 Tom Hanks a little bit.

    and the kitty picture today, good LORD. LOVE it! Those eyes!

    • hungryandfit

      October 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Haha right! She knew she was in for it

  2. Jacque

    October 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Love the picture of Nymeria – save me!!!

  3. nutellandreams

    October 15, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Can’t wait to see the movie, it looks good! And omg, such a cute kitty!!

  4. CMrok93

    October 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Very tense movie, but also very emotional, especially in those last five minutes. Good review.

  5. Bill

    October 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    You guys stick cats in a bathtub???…and live to tell the tale?! Amazing.