Captain Phillips, the highly anticipated drama surrounding the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, hit theaters last week with high expectations. Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, the event was a huge mark in US history, becoming the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. The movie has received great reviews and opened the London Film Festival last Wednesday. With the film now in theaters, there has actually been a lot of controversy coming out about the plot details, originating from annonymous crew members who have been claiming that the real Captain Phillips was not as heroic as the film made out. Phillips has come out to news outlets to talk about the film and the claims of his cowardice and lack of concern, but there have been no complaints regarding Hanks’ performance or Greengrass’ style of directing. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity hit theaters the same week to equally impressive reviews, but this one seems to be slightly ahead of Captain Phillips, but I can’t be the judge all the time: go out and see for yourself!!
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is set to hit theaters this week. Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the film has received excellent reviews and has been one of the fall’s highly anticipated releases following its stays at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Following Gravity, the fact-based thriller Captain Phillips, from Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, is coming out October 11th. Starring Tom Hanks in the role of real life captain Richard Phillips, whose cargo ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, the film is also expected to a major hit for the fall season. You can watch the full trailer for Captain Phillips here on MADE. The film hits theaters on Friday, October 11th.
The Venice Film Festival is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary this year from August 28th to September 7th. This year’s line-up includes 53 features films, representing 33 different countries. Director Alfonso Cuaron scored the opening night spot with his new space thriller Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Other films that made the list included The Canyons, Child of God, which was directed by James Franco, and The Zero Theorem which stars Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz, who won the 2013 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Twenty of the entries will be competing for the prestigious Golden Lion award which is decided by a jury of filmmakers; of the twenty, five of them are American films. Gravity is set to hit theaters in the US on October 4th.