All At Sea

‘Captain Phillips' & 'All Is Lost'

Can a movie be both thoughtful and electrifyingly exciting? I think Captain Phillips is. Its omniscient camerawork makes you feel like a helpless god viewing everything from every angle without being able to intervene. Its blitzkrieg editing, throbbing soundtrack, complex but coherent action choreography, and naturalistic acting all go to work on your senses. You leave the theater...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.