Critical Reaction: “Captain Phillips” (PODCAST)

Although Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity continues to dominate the movie world – it dropped a scant 21% this weekend with $44 million, the smallest second weekend drop of all time for a film that debuted with over $50 million – another big awards contender entered the market place and is equally worth your time and money. Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) and starring Tom Hanks, recounts the events of the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama off the cost of Somalia with startlingl potency. Supremely tense and masterfully executed, our own Mike Murphy awarded the film a strong 8/10 in his review, claiming, “Captain Phillips is by the book until it decides to write the book, providing a exemplary angle on how to construct a realistic, historic, and restrictive thriller.” In our latest Critical Reaction Podcast, Murphy sits down with Zack Sharf and James Hausman for discussion on all things Captain Phillips. Is Tom Hanks a lock for a Best Actor nomination? Is this Greengrass’ best work to date? Does the film survive a second act lull? Interestingly, our critics all enjoyed the film to varying degrees. If you happened to check out Phillips this weekend – and maybe people did since it opened with a sturdy $26 million, a much needed box office comeback for Hanks – join in on the discussion below:

Did you see Captain Phillips this weekend? What did you think?

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