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Well the Bigger Boat Idea Didn't Work: Captain Phillips Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 27, 2013 | Comments ()


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A funny thing emerges from Paul Greengrass’ Wikipedia page: he only makes two types of movies. There are those that are hyper realistic and based on award winning non-fiction books about real dramatic events. And there are Jason Bourne movies. Keep your Clozapine to yourself, the man’s schizophrenia is a national treasure!

Hey, but now that we’ve finished joking about mental illness, here’s the international trailer, involving the love story between a really big boat, a really little boat, and all the wonderful people on both. Fun fact: if you read the apparently Asian language subtitles in a mirror, they’re actually a love letter from Paul Greengrass to Matt Damon written in ancient Celtic runes.

I always feel sort of bad about not being interested in movies like this. It’s got all the pieces, the direction, the acting. And yet I can’t bring up the slightest enthusiasm for the actually viewing of it other than acknowledging that I’d totally watch it if nothing else was on TNT on a Saturday afternoon.

But I really hope that one of the Navy SEALs is played by Matt Damon and his name tag says “Ryan”.




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  • In recent weeks I've seen two trailers for movies starring Tom Hanks, and neither one of them was moving or even looked interesting.

  • Misomaniac

    Saving Seaman Ryan is a whole different sort of movie...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't think you should feel bad about not being interested. You know the plot. That means the plot isn't the important part. Which means the movie needs to demonstrate its art - its value to humanity beyond the story - or it needs to tell the story in a really entertaining way. Argo did the latter, for example.

  • JenVegas

    My friends and I used to play this game "If you were stuck" so like if you were stuck on a plane going down, who would you want in the seat next to you (Jack Bauer, natch) I think if were going to be stuck in a volatile hostage situation I would want Tom Hanks with me...or maybe Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle. Or both. Both would be good. Wait...maybe Nathan Fillion as Capt Mal would be better, huh?

  • NateMan

    Statham. Always the Statham. Hostage situation? Statham. Crashing plane? Statham.

    And I don't mean Statham AS one of his chafracters. I just mean Statham.

  • CbSiamese

    Or you can watch "Hijacking".

  • Texas

    I saw the trailer in the theater. It looks like they might actually portray the pirates as human, which is accurate (obviously), but will make the film so much more tragic to watch.

  • Afferbeck

    But will they play Lacrosse?

  • kirivinokur

    Can we find a new everyman? Tom Hanks has gotten tiresome.

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