Captain Phillips 2013

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Tom Hanks stars in this drama directed by Paul Greengrass based on the real life hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates. The Maersk Alabama became the first US cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years when heavily armed Somalis boarded the vessel on the 8th of April 2009. As commander of the ship, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) inevitably found himself at the heart of events. Held hostage by the pirates under the command of Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips attempts to protect both his crew and ship to the best of his ability. However, as the drama plays out and Phillips spends more time in the company of his Somali captors, he gradually comes to realise that they have a story, too. Far from the greedy, heartless thugs of pirate lore, the Somalis may well represent the forces of globalisation as surely as the Maersk Alabama - the underside. With the stakes high, the crisis intensifies and someone will have to pay the price...

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 14 minutes
Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey
Director Paul Greengrass
Genres Drama
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, Spanish
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 14 minutes
Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey
Director Paul Greengrass
Genres Drama
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English

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78 of 86 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 T. Cosens 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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44 of 51 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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14 of 16 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrs anne musgreave on 26 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
even if it had not been done on reality it would have been a good film tom plays a very good part scary to think that it actually happend very well done
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gatekeeper197 on 25 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Captain Phillips tells the story of a ship captain played by Tom Hanks who himself held captive by a group of pirates after his ship is taken hostage. This is a movie that has some truly great performances, particularly from Tom Hanks and his emotional breakdown at the end just shows how great of an actor Tom Hanks really is.

I do recommend this film, especially if you are a Tom Hanks fan; but I'm not sure if I would recommend watching it more than once, as it is a film that can be difficult to watch, and it does drag a little towards the end as the pirates find themselves surrounded by the U.S Navy.
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7 of 8 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jachar on 13 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Best film I've seen in a long time. It was gripping throughout & could've ended one way or the other, excellent!
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