Month: October 2013

Captain Phillips – Review


Early Oscar shout Captain Phillips tells the true story of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of a US ship. Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass are at their absolute best in this thrilling tale, which keeps the heart pounding throughout.

Hanks plays Richard Phillips, captain of the unarmed US container ship Maersk Alabama, when pirates target and hijack the ship 150 miles off the Somali coast. Muse is the leader of the pirates, played by Barkhad Abdi, and at the start of the film we see him assemble a team to go in search of a ship to overthrow and return to Somalia in order to sell for their bosses.

The film heavily focuses on the relationship between Muse and Captain Phillips and how both leaders fail to maintain control of their situation. And when the pirate’s plan to hijack the ship collapses, Captain Phillips is kidnapped leading to a thrilling and white-knuckle climax.

It’s no wonder Captain Phillips has been called for an Oscar nod. This exhilarating true story is illustrated brilliantly by Greengrass and portrayed expertly by Hanks. The leading man nails the vast emotional vigour that flow throughout the film, including a heart-breaking final scene. Abdi is also superb as the lead pirate, coming across as a thoroughly threatening and terrifying individual.

Greengrass decided that both sets of actors shouldn’t meet until the opening confrontation on the ship, and the hostile situation is superbly played out offering a authentic and real life dynamic during the scene. Greengrass should also be credited for his documentary style of filming with a mixture of hand held camera manoeuvres keeping the dramatization and facts nicely balanced.

Captain Phillips is an outstanding take on a remarkable story. Greengrass and Hanks team up for a phenomenal performance, with the latter producing one of his finest career moments on screen.

9/10 #WebbersRatings 


The Internship – Review

Google is great. That is at least what The Internship attempts to hammer into the audience. Shawn Levy’s comedy heavily focuses so much on the wonders of Google that it struggles to actually make you laugh. That said Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson strangle out a couple of laughs making the film just about watchable.

The pair plays two salesmen, Billy and Nick, who face unemployment when they are replaced by computers. In an attempt to find work once again, they stumble upon Google and an internship programme.

Despite their age, Billy and Nick team up with a group of misfits to tackle a number of challenges in order to land a job at the end of the programme. Strangers to the wonders of modern technology, the pair struggle and inevitably calamity ensues.

The Internship is one big advert. Google is now such a household term that it is also a verb as well as the name of one of the biggest corporations in the world. Therefore, it seems unnecessary for a company of such magnitude to be beefed up to the extent it is in The Internship. “We are making the world a better place” is one of the lines from a Google employee in the film, which sums it all up.

There are some welcome cameos from Rose Bryne, Will Ferrell and Rob Riggle, but the film in general misses enough wit to make a mark, despite a strong cast. The Internship is a very frustrating film to watch. It is effectively a two-hour advert for Google and how good it would be to work at Google and how Google is making the world a better place.

The film offers a few chuckles but not nearly enough to make up for its corporate head banging. Google is great, but do we need a film telling us just how over-the-odds amazing it truly isn’t? No.

4/10 #WebbersRatings