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Captain Phillips (2013)

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Commentary 1: Director Paul Greengrass Rating:10.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on November 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
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.