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

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 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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93 of 101 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 11 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
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Captain Phillips tells the true-ish story of the hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the captain's ordeal at the hands of his captors. In lesser hands this story could have quickly descended into an exercise in flag-waving patriotism about an everyday American hero. Thankfully, Greengrass explores the humanity on both sides in this extreme and exhausting story.

Few recent films have created such a palpable feeling of uncertainty. Even though the audience knows the outcome of the events Greengrass still manages to wring every last drop of tension out of every scene, big or small. The final act is particularly exhausting leaving both characters and audience broken by the ordeal.

Yet for all of Greengrass' control behind the camera, particularly in capturing the harsh realism of the pressure-cooker situation, it is the two central performances that ultimately make the film a success. I'm not sure Tom Hanks has ever been better than he is here. His portrayal may not be as showy as his Oscar-winning turns but stripped of tricks and affectations he delivers a raw and honest performance of real power. Likewise, Barkhad Abdi's debut role as the pirate leader creates a flawed yet human character overwhelmed by a situation he cannot escape.

Captain Phillips is a riveting and emotionally draining experience that may well be Greengrass' best film to date.
A riveting and emotionally draining experience.
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48 of 55 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
It is difficult to get into a film when Wolf Blitzer gives away the ending. Had it not been for the world media, the Internet, and Blitzer this would have indeed been a film worth watching. Even if you have been living under a rock, Tom Hanks projects enough impending doom into the film, that I was wondering why they were missing the ominous horror music.

Don't get me wrong, the acting was top notch and deserves recognition. However, I do not enjoy every well acted film. Films that have patriotic themes are consistently overrated as patriotism trumps quality, i.e. consider the new "Red Dawn." The film itself brings no new revelation to what happened in the incident. Indeed, if anything the film towed the administration's line and ignored controversial details that have since emerged, like "what happened to the money?" and the alleged multiple shots that were fired into each pirate, including those done after boarding the boat.

This is a nice white bread action flick you can take your family to go see.
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