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:
Mahat M. Ali, Catherine Keener
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Captain Phillips

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inkslinger on 6 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
This is the true story of a container ship attacked by Somali pirates. I wasn't sure about it at first as the filming seemed almost documentary-style, kind of flat but with an over-busily moving camera. Once the attack starts up, everything changes and it's completely gripping stuff, even more so because it all really happened. A lot of tension and build up keeps you on the edge of your seat, whether you know the outcome of the story or not. Tom Hanks is an absolute marvel. If I'm ever stuck at sea on a ship being attacked by pirates I want him with me. Or the real-life Captain Phillips, who's interviewed on the 'Making of' extra feature on the DVD and is a cool cookie.Tom Hanks captures this man's character and mannerisms wonderfully. Definitely, definitely worth watching but needs ten-fifteen minutes or so to really get going. The wait is worth is.
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87 of 95 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mrs anne musgreave on 26 Mar 2014
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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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11 of 12 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
"Captain Phillips", as I found out from watching one hour worth of extras on the DVD, is the true story of a cargo ship skipper, whose vessel was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia 2009. From the very first minutes of the film I was HOOKED and only breathed out once the credits started to roll (yes, it helps if you do not know the outcome of the events prior to watching this pulse-pounding thriller/documentary).

Tom Hanks plays an unexceptional guy at the heart of an exceptional disaster. He plays a no-nonsense captain with a lot of courage - yet he is no superhuman. Hanks was superb, I thought - throughout the film and at the end, during the scene of his emotional collapse. Opposite him, Muse (played by newcomer Barkhad Abdi) is all skinny cheekbones and malnutrition and nail-biting orders.

The whole film felt like creeping hysteria. "Captain Phillips" is a gripping, tormenting, brutalizing and surprisingly thought-provoking film! Recommended!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MrsS on 26 April 2014
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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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