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Director Paul Greengrass
Rating:9.7/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by Bakersfield on November 23rd, 2015
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Greengrass is a calm, articulate, collected speaker who doesn't really fall into the trap of "Let's just praise everyone for two hours."
I've always liked his commentaries and this one is no exception. He starts off the whole thing by explaining why he decided to make "Captain Phillips" ("It was the compelling story of two captains."), he points out the scenes that contain subtle CG extensions, and makes it clear that from the get-go his intention was to shoot as much scenes as he could out in the real ocean. In real vessels.
Greengrass also focuses on the on-screen rivalry between the Oscar winner Hanks and the young Barkhad Abdi, who has never been in a motion picture before ("Has he got the desire and the ability to dominate Tom?").
Enough time is spent on the difficult shooting locations and the on-screen presentation of the military response. Greengrass also talks about his editor Christopher Rouse, his working relationship with Hanks, and last but not least he directly addresses the critics who accuse him of relying on too much "shaky-cam".
All in all, a nice, engaging commentary that would definitely satisfy those who liked the movie and want to learn more.
Reviewed by musíl65 on January 22nd, 2019
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Greengrass is a very good speaker. There are no gaps. He talks about the structure of the movie, the real events, the actors, life in Somalia, the shooting on the sea and in Malta, the style, the music, the DP, the editing and working with the Navy.
He puts the movie in context to the globalisation. This track is a very good addition to the movie. 9 out of 10.
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