Captain Phillips is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips who in 2009 was the captain of a ship that was boarded by armed Somalian pirates. The pirates search the ship for money and end up with $30,000. This isn't enough so they trick Captain Phillips into getting in a lifeboat where they take him hostage and float out into the ocean. There offer; Captain Phillips for $40 Million.
Captain Phillips is a gripping and emotional thrill ride. Captain Phillips is without a doubt one of my favourite films of the year as it was purely an amazing film. The film had me on the edge of my seat for nearly all of it. It was gripping, thrilling, intense and even gets emotional towards the end of the third act of the film. Tom Hanks gives a powerhouse performance and the film was jam packed with tension. There was not a single dull moment in the whole of the film.
Tom Hanks gives an incredible and oscar worthy performance. I swear there are so many performances this year that deserve an oscar and Tom Hanks' performance in Captain Phillips is definitely one of the most memorable. There are plenty of scenes throughout that featured some of his incredible performances, but two or three scenes towards the end just stood out and is an outstanding example of how good Hanks really is.
The tension in this film would be cut with a knife. Captain Phillips, Prisoners and Gravity are three of the most tension filled films this year and three of the greatest films this year. If there was any more tension in this film I would have fallen out of my seat. The pirates made for some intense and gripping scenes that got my heart racing as Phillips was hit into a lifeboat and began to float out into sea. My heart just wouldn't stop pounding against my chest.
Captain Phillips is very emotional at times. The film doesn't really get very emotional until the final 20 minutes of the film, but in these final 20 minutes I was tearing up. This of course wouldn't have been the same if it wasn't for Tom Hanks' performance as I've previously mentioned.
To sum up Captain Phillips is a gripping, emotional and intense thrill ride that had me on the edge of my seat for most of the film. Tom Hanks gives a powerhouse performance as usual and the final act of the film got me tearing up.
Sorry for not getting a chance to review this sooner, but it's here now! Gravity follows the story of an astronaut, Matt Kowalski, and a medical engineer, Ryan Stone, who are up in space repairing the Hubble telescope. Things soon go wrong as debris floats towards their direction. Tragedity comes when Ryan is disconnected from the shuttle and begins to float endlessly away from Earth. The two survivors must now work together to not only survive, but get back to Earth.
Gravity is a Sandra Bullock driven film. I am just overly happy about the casting of the main two actors because if they were casted badly this film would be atrocious to watch as for majority of the film we just see Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who isn't in it as much as Bullock. Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone and she drives this film. This isn't a negative, but in fact a positive thing. She does outstanding in the film although I will say more about that soon.
The cinematography was just incredible. A lot of scenes feature CGI, but the cinematography in each scene is incredible. Right at the start the film doesn't cut for 13 minutes! A 13 MINUTE LONG TAKE! It was just incredible. Occasionally throughout the film we see things through Sandra Bullock's perspective and I would be pissing my pants in her position. All she could see in spinning and darkness. It was truly terrifying. As well as these two the film also has a few other long cuts and pans and moving shots. None as long as the opening sequence, but still breath taking.
The special effects in the film are just out of this world, pun intended! Practically 95% of the sets and scenery were done using CGI, but it's hard to believe that. Everything in the film just looks so convincing and like I'm literally in space with them. The film, without a doubt, will win an oscar for Visual Effects next year. I have absolutely no doubts about that.
Gravity was just the right length. The film didn't drag on for too long or not go long enough, it was the perfect run time. An hour and a half was the perfect time to show everything and what these characters do in the situation they were in. If it went for any longer then this I would begin to get a bit bored, but I'm glad it didn't.
Gravity had me on the edge of my seat with my jaw dropped for most of the film. It was very intense and at times disturbing. These people were in the worst situation possible and the way they handled it and tried to stay calm just bewilders me. I would do pretty much anything to avoid drifting off into space, it's traumatising just thinking about it.
The acting in the film was sensational. There is really only two actual actors in the film, the rest are just voices that are in it for only a very short period of time. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock give some of the best performances in their career, just like with the cast of Prisoners. Coincidentally both these films will get the same rating as they were both amazing films.
To sum up Gravity was an intense edge of your seat thriller that's driven by Sandra Bullock. The cinematography was great, the special effects were amazing and it was the perfect run time.
Prisoners is the story of an ex-alcoholic turned Christian, Keller. When catching up with another family both the daughters go to play outside where they disappear. Detective Loki, a detective who solved every case he's been assigned to, arrives to help solve the case. When the main suspect is proven innocent he's kidnapped by Keller who must decide how far he'd go to get his daughters back.
Prisoners is an incredible film. There is not a single negative thing I can think of about this film. It's just perfect. The acting is outstanding, the cinematography is beautiful, the film is gripping, intense and has an amazing and well planned screenplay. Prisoners is without a doubt the single greatest film to come out this year and I highly doubt that any film will get close to how amazing this film is. I just love it so much!
Every actor in this film gives an oscar worthy performance. When I say this I mean everyone! The kids and teens who appear for only a little proportion of the film do terrifically. Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrance Howard and Maria Bello just do sensation with their roles. At least one of these actors, if not all of them, deserve to win some sort of an award for their performances. Not to mention the suspect and his aunt, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo who give an amazing and at times insidious performance.
Prisoners is very intense and brutal, but gripping. I have nothing against the intensity and brutality in the film because it's not over done or there to be there. There's meaning behind every punch to the face Hugh Jackman gives in some of the torture sequences of the film. The level of brutality and intensity only makes this film more gripping. The premise to begin with intrigues me, but the acts that the people in the film commit just pull me further in and leave me hanging on the edge of my seat for what felt like the whole length of the film.
The film's cinematography is beautiful. The film isn't a fast cutting hard to watch cram as many angles as we can type of film. The cuts in the film are clever, original and beautiful. The moving shots feature little to no shaky cam so I as an audience member can see everything that's happening in the film without having to squint and move my head as the camera is continuously bobbing up and down. The cinematography is very impressive.
Prisoners features a well planned out screenplay that really impressed me. Every word that comes out of these character's mouths is just perfect. There are multiple scenes in the film with hardly any dialogue in them and when it looks like a character is going to talk I very much look forward to that moment. As well as the dialogue, everything in the film is set up and clues are given right from the start of the film. We just don't realise it until the credits end. The dialogue itself hints at the plot twists and turns, we just don't know that whilst listening eagerly to it.
To sum up, Prisoners is an incredible, well acted, intense thriller. It's original, clever, gripping and features beautiful cinematography. Everything about this film is just perfect.