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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 Captain Hanks
The film does a reasonably good job of setting up the background of the pirates, and there's a few nice moments between their leader and Hanks. Hanks plays the heroic captain rather than all American action hero, and for me this left the film a bit lacking in bite. Definitely not a Willis/Seagal hostage romp, but equally falls short on building on the pirates character...
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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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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly convincing and gripping. Brilliant, 24 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Hanks, 7 July 2014
This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The film does a reasonably good job of setting up the background of the pirates, and there's a few nice moments between their leader and Hanks. Hanks plays the heroic captain rather than all American action hero, and for me this left the film a bit lacking in bite. Definitely not a Willis/Seagal hostage romp, but equally falls short on building on the pirates character stories. Portrait as fishermen with guns acting on behalf of their bosses, seemingly without any communication or direction from them. They want money. How much? "10 million dollars" is shouted from their lifeboat towards the warship. 50 minutes to go, I wonder if they'll get it? The 2nd half of the film played out to a predicable outcome that made me wish they'd taken a different plot route.
Much of the plaudits are no doubt due to Hanks. Not as good as I was expecting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting and emotionally draining experience., 11 Dec 2014
This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...at least Tom Hanks is here, 29 Aug 2014
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Tom Hanks is captain of a container ship (the Maersk Alabama) navigating the pirate infested waters off the coast of Somalia. To the local warlords, any vulnerable ship is a handsome and potentially profitable opportunity.

In the role of Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks, as ever, does little wrong. Supposedly the real Captain Phillips was an abrasive, risk-taker, and far from the nice character Hanks exudes. I think Hanks is here in acknowledgement of this films problems. From the start Captain Phillips is slow and somewhat uninspired.

While you can appreciate there are no corners cut, and it's all competently devised. The action seems far too uninvolving. At times this film simply isn't very interesting at all. Paul Greengrass's shakey camera has fell short of creating the gripping masterpiece this film claims to be. Jump aboard to see Tom Hanks, but don't except much genuine excitement.

Extras/Special Features:

Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass.
Capturing Captain Phillips - 58 minutes of in-depth behind-the-scenes Featurettes on making this film.

Certificate 12.

129 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'M GOING AFTER SOMETHING BIG, 8 Nov 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (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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14 of 16 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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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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend, 26 April 2014
This review is from: Captain Phillips (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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