And while we're speaking of emotional connections to characters, I really have got to give it up to Tom Hanks. It's the roles like this one that really showcase his talent. It's the rare actor that can believably transition from being in command to being a scared prisoner, to his acceptance of the certainty of his death all in a single film. Do you want to know why Tom Hanks wins all those Oscars? Watch this movie.
I watched this movie with a half full theater of people and I found it interesting that when the US military showed up, I had a very different reaction than the rest of the audience. As soon as the carriers appeared, I heard some scattered applause and a cheer or two. But when I saw them, I was with Captain Phillips and felt the bottom fall out of my stomach. You can see in Phillips' eyes the sudden realization that with all that fire power not only would the pirates would soon be dead, but also that he would be dying along with them. It was a particularly nuanced moment in the film, and it still sticks with me.
Unfortunately, I can't discuss the most moving part of the film without ruining the story, but I will say that if you're looking for a suspenseful movie, Captain Phillips would be a very good choice! Have you seen it? Sound off in the comments below and tell me what you thought of the film!