Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Captain Phillips

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Captain Phillips – Opening October 11, 2013

In the absence of any new films seen in theatres this past week, I found this trailer front-and-center on the IMDB home page. Tom Hanks was for a while the kind-hearted everyman who starred in pleasant and inspiring stories laced with humor, and then he played against type in artistic films like “Road to Perdition” and “Catch Me If You Can.” What his character seems to represent in this film is a version of his old self at the start who becomes what might best be described as a far more resilient and impressive version of his “Da Vinci Code” character. Having director Paul Greengrass, who previously lensed a difficult piece of history in the most moving way with “United 93,” behind the camera, makes this frightening real-life story of Somali pirates all the more appealing. Mostly, though, it’s the plot itself that stands out as interesting. The uncertain start of the trailer conveys the abrupt shift from quiet calm to all-out panic as the pirates board, but there is a certain order that seems to be maintained which makes this story seem, from the outset, extremely compelling. In an age when terrorism is still fairly rampant, this story of mercenaries is sure to hard to watch, but, if all goes well, it will be yet another fitting tribute to those whose lives were irreversibly changed in an awful event from a talented director like Greengrass, with Hanks delivering his most powerful performance in years.

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