Movies by Mills (November 2013)

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS It is established in the first few moments that Richard Phillips is a family man as he bemoans to his wife that there is too much pressure on young people nowadays. So many chasing one job, things have changed, it never used to be like that. His observations are made while on the way to his latest assignment, captaining a container ship. It is an ironic precursor to what is to follow when his ship the MV Maersk Alabama is hijacked by Somali pirates off the Somali coast. For Greengrass, it is a comfortable-slipper’s ride. For the audience, it is heart pounding stuff. He has honed his craft on specific techniques that are easily recognized as his own: a handheld camera shoot and action-packed sequences liberally spread with embedded emotion: the testosterone trilogy of Damon starrers: The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone greased the pathway for what was to come – and here it is in all its sweaty glory: a hijack on the high seas with a ransom dangling over the life of the captain. From his super 8 beginnings Paul has learnt a lot about filmmaking and so have we. By showing the back-story of how the young men live and are recruited to take to their small boat to seek out the huge vessel that could bring them riches and change their lives forever is a way of understanding their reasons for risking their lives; the director 4