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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Phillips
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars After all of the hype, this was a big letdown.
Maybe I am used to more plot, more drama and more interesting action, but I found this movie pretty slow and predictable. It was just not terribly gripping or entertaining. Even the famous line "..I am the Captain now.. ", was, imho, not delivered well and should have been retaken and re-edited !

I could not really recommend this film to anyone...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Phillips, 28 Jun 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 6 Aug 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly convincing and gripping. Brilliant, 24 Jan 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars another good tom hanks film, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars From beginning to end - A modern great, 27 Feb 2014
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Glyn Morris (Wolverhampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow., 7 Sep 2014
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"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
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, superbly made movie, a rollercoaster of tension, 15 Sep 2014
This is an excellent, superbly made movie, a rollercoaster of tension, all of the more convincing because it is based on the traumatic experience of Richard Phillips, an American merchant mariner and author, who served as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009.
The director: Paul Greengrass does a superb and factually accurate job of showing how the crew sinks the pirate speedboat shortly after the boarding by continuously swinging the rudder of the Maersk Alabama, thus swamping the smaller boat. As the pirates board the ship, the crew members lock themselves in the engine room. The crew later overpower one of the pirates and attempt to exchange the captured man for Phillips. The crew drop a lifeboat and meet the pirates to switch prisoners and boats The captured pirate is released, but the pirates refuse to release Phillips.The four Somalis then leave with Phillips in the lifeboat which carries ten days of food rations, water and basic survival supplies.
Tom Hanks is superb and totally believable as he struggles to survive in the claustrophobic environment; his captors become increasingly irrational as US warships close in to effect a rescue. Matters come to a dramatic head when the Navy Seal team is compelled to take action to save the captain's life.
There is an added dimension of realism to the film in the form of a portrayal of the taut situation from the point of view of the pirates - poorly educated and desperate men who claim that they have lose their livelihood as fisherman - which indicates that that they were as much victims of circumstance as Phillips himself.
Highly recommended, probably Hanks's best movie and that says a lot.

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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true story that is believable., 8 Jan 2014
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish, 13 Feb 2014
This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (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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