It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage.All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie.
Years ago I ran into an adult, educated woman who believed that Oliver Stone´s version of what happened with JFK in Dallas was true, because it was on film. No facts could convince her otherwise. I am afraid the same will be said of what happened with this film, and Hanks, dragged kicking and screaming (with Spielberg) by Bob Dole to help raise $ for the WWII memorial, will again be lionized. Not by me, he won´t. Go see "Gravity".
I suspect we would all be seriously depressed if we knew how many of our beloved hero stories had been embellished over the years. My guess is all of them. The difference now is that we have so much more than just retold tales as evidence of what really happened. Those tales inspire us to do better, to do more and be more. They are useful for that reason, but they are not accurate.
Anyone who has been to a medal presentation ceremony in the military can vouch for that. All are write ups are exaggerated. Some are flat out lies. All you can do is stand at attention and try to keep a straight face.
I´m confused...in one movie Doc Holliday is fighting with Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral...and in another he was shot by the Clantons before the OK Corral fight. I´ll never see another Randolph Scott movie again. What a fraud!
When I see Tom Hanks I have a visual of him cross dressing in that TV series. Private Ryan is great but Hanks and that other squirt kill it for me. I´ll take Band of Brothers. I just watched the History Channel version and I probably won´t use my expendable income on this Hanks movie. The guy is just plain creepy. Hollywood and History just doesn´t mix.
The movie is a depiction of Capt. Phillips´ book, that has been made clear. The movie is Phillips´ version of the events. The crew´s complaints should be of the story Phillips told in the book, not of the movie itself. The movie is terrific; Hanks´ performance is outstanding whether you like his politics or not. If Phillips lied the problem is not the movie, it´s that Phillips was not entirely truthful in his book.
#8- VT is not all country rural roads anymore. There are 2 major US Interstates.
#17 hits the nail on the head. Problem here with the crew members as I see it, is that this could be some petty feedback because they did not benefit financially from either Phillips´s book, or the movie. Envy is a strong emotion.
He´s also a better actor, #11. That helps a bit. I don´t care if Hanks next stars in Passion of the Christ: The Prequel directed by Mel Gibson, I wouldn´t go see it. I wouldn´t Pay-per-view it. I wouldn´t Netflix it. I wouldn´t watch it on Encore 3 years later. His acting is no more than adequate, and there is something about his physical appearance that just makes my skin crawl. His voice. His beady eyes. His undersized head too tiny for his height? (Kind of like Obama.) He creeps me out.
All I´ve seen is trailers that tout some sort of special morality and a NY Times stamp of approval. I get the impression we are given a ship captain and pirate head who are subject to the whims of higher powers on both sides. Sounds like it´s on track to be some morally relative, post modern, agenda driven, typical Hollywood squeezing.
Kevin Spacey had some hand in the production and, yeah, I won´t be seeing it. Potential awards aside, not that many other will either.
My beloved Kookette and I swore off movies years ago. Why pay money to have garbage shoved into your minds? We are richer, have more peace, and have the satisfaction of not supporting the evil that is Hollywood in any way.
Phillips sounds like a real dirtbag if anything in this article is correct.
#17 - he was ordered to stay 600 miles off the coast, and then he quibbles over whether it was 240 or 300. Never mind the movie, the guy just sounds to me like a real jackwagon.
My brother sailed merchants in those same waters until his retirement in 2011. Their big "security" plans were just as described in this article: lock yourself in your room and hope they don´t find you. I asked him if he needed or considered bringing an AR-15 and a few thousand rounds. He said the shipping line wouldn´t allow it, nor would the captain.
And then this, FTA: Not all of the crew cooperated with the movie, and those who did were paid as little as $5,000 for their life rights by Sony and made to sign nondisclosure agreements — meaning they can never speak publicly about what really happened on that ship.
Sounds to me like the producers of this movie made sure that no one that was there could put in their own $0.02. The movie is marketed as being "the true story" - it sure doesn´t sound like it, though.
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