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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, English, Danish, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VI6A9C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, Best Actor, 1993, Philadelphia; Best Actor, 1994, Forrest Gump), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. The two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Paul Greengrass brings his trademark shaky camera to this superbly taut thriller. A human story about resiliance, bravery and the strength of character.

A cargo ship embarks on a long journey across some dangerous waters. The crew are well trained in what to do in the event of a pirate attack but remain unprepared for the reality of the situation. Captain Phillips is a normal nice guy who is suddenly plunged into this dark and dangerous world. His apparent over caution gives way to someone who is there to protect his team. The crew stand firmly by him as they realise he is their only hope.

Tom Hanks imbues Phillips with some real humanity. The change he makes from a quiet, respectful leader to all out negotiator and saviour is a delight to watch. This is Hanks at his absolute best, a defining role in an already illustrious career.

His relationship with his captors is what grounds the film in reality. It is also a testament to the writers that they have not demonised the pirates. They are misguided and desperate, not evil. They are inexperienced and violent but not sadistic. This is business.

Greengrass injects energy into every tense scene. Especially the seige of the cargo ship. The camera moves around the ship with ease and brings the audience right into the centre of the action. Tension is cranked right up and not a moment is wasted. Greengrass has a canny ability to catch every flicker of emotion on the actors' faces and every detail within any given scene, giving more weight to the situation at hand.

The film never stops tugging at your emotions. It throws everything at you. Even in its final scenes the audience is left reeling at the emotional plight Phillips has been through.

A masterclass in tension.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Davison on 24 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
It is not often that I am gripped and on the edge of my seat with the content of a film but this proved that some films can still do this for me. As a son of an engineering officer I spent many times aboard ship, container ships particularly. This film showed the sheer realism of life aboard ship and the dangers, and for once we have a film set on board a ship that shows this realism correctly. The suspense will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the film, building gently and ultimately to a thrilling crescendo. The ending is handled skillfuly and the mixture of raw emotions is heartrending.
Tom Hanks proves yet again what a wonderful character actor he is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) was taking his American cargo ship on a routine voyage off the coast of Africa, when a small band of armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. While most of the crew stayed hidden, the pirates took Captain Phillips hostage in a lifeboat.

This movie, based on a true story, is extremely intense and exciting, so frightening, I don't think I could have watched it on the big screen, but on DVD, it was riveting and enlightening. There isn't any real violence until the very end, but the drama is kept at a unbearable level by the non-stop yelling of the pirates.

Their leader is played by Barkhad Abdi in his first acting role. He is outstanding and deserves his nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Tom Hanks delivers a powerful performance, remaining calm and providing a balance to the pirates' hysteria.

The script manages to elicit sympathy for the pirates because of their miserable lives; they live in abject poverty, forced to hijack ships by their warlords or die. The movie is excellent and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This American action thriller film is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is based on a historical incident in which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks)is taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean as part of the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009, on which the pirates were led by Abduwali Muse (Abdi).

Going into this film, I was fully aware of the resolution - Richard Phillips survived the ordeal which I don't consider a spoiler as that is common knowledge. But I wasn't ready for the events surrounding the hijacking and subsequent hostage situation.

I admit that Tom Hanks drew me to this film, as he does with all his films, and I was on from the day he signed up to play Phillips and it's impossible to think of anyone else in the role. I can't describe the words for how gripping Hanks is once more on screen conveying every emotion possible in a way that goes just beyond acting. He isn't Tom Hanks on screen; he IS Richard Phillips.

Kudos also to Barkhad Abdi, a cinematic newbie who is chilling as the Somali pirate leader. It's hard to see the actors in this film other than the people they are portraying as they do so in a way that grips you. I straight away understood what Adbi wanted to convey in his portrayal, as with Hanks, and I was left clear as to their motivations and their ideals. There was no "villain" in my eyes, just two different cultures and countries butting heads in a dangerous situation.

From the tense hijacking sequence that makes inspirational use of the vast sea in which the 'Alabama' is crossing, going up against 2 small pirate skiffs and still losing, the film plays in two halves.
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