London Film Festival Review: Captain Phillips
10th October 2013
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★★★★★Tom Hanks’s face is quite prominent this year at the BFI London Film Festival. He is the leading man in the opening night gala feature Captain Phillips and one of the lead actors in the closing night gala, Saving Mr. Banks. Two very different roles (one a cargo-ship captain, the other the filmmaker Walt Disney) though both based on real life individuals. His turn in Captain Phillips, the new work by The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director Paul Greengrass, is astonishingly good. I haven’t yet seen him in Saving Mr. Banks, so there is a chance I might have to take back my words here, but I believe this may well be his best ever performance. The movie is based on the real-life hijacking of an American cargo-ship by Somali pirates in 2009. Most of the crew hid themselves in the engine rooms whilst the captain and a few others tried to negotiate with the pirates. The hijacking goes wrong, and the pirates leave the ship taking the captain with them as a hostage in a lifeboat.
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