Captain Phillips 2013

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The true story of Richard Phillips, the cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to a group of Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed, is adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray in this Paul Greengrass-directed docudrama starring Tom Hanks.

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Omar Berdouni
Runtime:
2 hours 14 minutes

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Captain Phillips

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Paul Greengrass
Starring Tom Hanks, Omar Berdouni
Supporting actors Catherine Keener, David Warshofsky, Yul Vazquez, Chris Mulkey, Max Martini, Corey Johnson, Michael Chernus, Mahat M. Ali, Issak Farah Samatar, Mohamed Ali, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman, Barkhad Abdi
Studio Magnolia Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 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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83 of 91 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It’s April 2009 and Captain Richard Philips and his crew of 20 Americans are travelling on their Cargo Ship MAERSK ALABAMA out of Norfolk, VA to Mombasa via Cape Horn. This passage for the 'truck drivers of the ocean' (as he calls them) will see his container-crammed behemoth pass alongside the notorious Somalia coastline where no less than 6 hostage situations have taken place in the past 2 months alone.

On sophisticated radars in the elevated Control Cabin – two unidentified small power-driven boats are approaching at suspicious speed in broad daylight and not answering radio hails. The Alabama follows routine avoidance techniques – increases speed, turns so they leave a wake the smaller boats can’t handle, radio in what’s happening to the US Coast Guard, turn on the water canons… But these are determined criminals who get alongside with a ladder... And so it begins…

Filmed in Malta and actually using the Alabama’s sister ship MAERSK ALEXANDER - Director Paul Greengrass uses every nook and cranny of his real steel and paint canvas to get to you. He then hires four unknown Somalia actors to be his terrorists (they have stories to tell he says) who are simply sensational in their parts – going for it with a sweaty gusto that would make many trained actors very nervous indeed (Barkhad Abdi as the Leader took the BAFTA). Throw into this captive/hostage emotional cauldron a Director who lives to pump up the tension to unbearable levels - a huge array of truly great lead and support actors - and you’re on a tummy-rumbling cinematic winner.

"Captain Philips" is a superlative stuff – a thriller with brains – the sort of flick they don’t seem to be able to make any more these days.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MrsS on 26 April 2014
Format: DVD
This movie doesn't disappoint, Tom Hanks is amazing, excellent supporting cast in the way of Bharkhad Abdi and the other Somali's and the wider cast in general. It was tense, from the start, believable and incredibly moving too. Excellent production too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Glyn Morris on 27 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
One cannot begin to explain to someone who hasn't yet seen this movie just how gripping they will find it, and the exceptional movie experience that they are in for.
Tom Hanks is spell binding throughout but his performance after the end game is mesmeric.
After watching the film, read about what has since happened to the ship at the centre of the story following the portrayed events and rest easy that you don't have a life on the ocean waves.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Cabbages on 8 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Tom Hanks gives an excellent performance as the captain of a container boat who has to go through the famous area off the coast of Somalia riddled with pirates.
This is an incredible ride of a film from the pirates managing to get on board to them capturing the Captain and trying to escape.
The actors are extremely believable and deserve the plaudits for their parts in this film. The story does not appear 'hollywoodised' in that everything isnt blown out of all realms of plausibility and flows along in a manner that keeps you on the edge of the seat wondering how everything is going to unfold.
As an aside, it was nice to see a small part from the Somalians point of view and does not attempt to demonise them.

Finally a film that isn't a rehash/remake as so many seem to be recently.
Kudos to all involved. Highly recommended.
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