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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly convincing and gripping. Brilliant
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...
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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...
Published 25 days ago by JezB


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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly convincing and gripping. Brilliant, 24 Jan 2014
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I. J. Davison "ianheadland" (Lincolnshire UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Phillips, 28 Jun 2014
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T. Cosens (England) - See all my reviews
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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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44 of 51 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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14 of 16 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific performance from Tom Hanks, 25 Jan 2014
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
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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7 of 8 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Story, 14 Feb 2014
This movies really gets going after 20 minutes and then, hold on, the tension builds and lasts till the end credits. Fantastic film, strong story, wonderful acting from all.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Phillips - One of 2013's best films, 10 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The beating heart of this film is the rock like performance of Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass's fast paced direction that requires a seat with a reinforced edge since it is the only part of the cinema furniture you sit on during the course of this enthralling film. It is the story of the attempt on 8th April 2009 by Somali pirates to hijack the United States-registered cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, as it headed towards the port of Mombasa some two hundred or so miles off the east coast of Africa. Hanks plays mild mannered US Captain Richard Phillips an ordinary man driven to extraordinary resistance. The film however has an significant undercurrent not least attempting to set out, albeit rather too briefly, the deep poverty which drives former Somali fishermen to risk life and limb in the highly dangerous and parlous pursuit of these huge vessels. Certainly the presence of the drugs and gangs are a factor not least the evidence that the khat trade is partially funded by ransom money from pirates as lucrative cash-based business, based on the culture of khat chewing in Kenya and Somalia. Yet in this case the young men in question meet a formidable if terrified opponent.

The action in the film starts from the outset and is taught and breathless as Somali pirates chase Hanks ship and attempt to board it. These scenes are brilliantly directed and the camera work is first rate. The presence of no firearms on board gives them a huge advantage and eventually the story plays out as they eventually board the ship but Hanks does all in his power to thwart their efforts while his crew hides in the engine rooms below silent, scared and weapon-less. The tension in the film is often unbearable. Throughout the pirates led by Abulwali Muse, is brilliantly played by Barkhad Abdi, watch as the power politics and their logistics shift. The presence of huge US Navy vessels in the area stand in sharp contrast to their old speedboats whose engines cut out and stall. The interplay between Hanks and Abdi is the clash of two cultures with the middle class American Captain and a young man in hock to gang culture. Ironically it is Muse who is the bigger victim, his prospects are doomed from the start. He needs to make a huge sum from the capture of the Maersk Alabama and yet as soon as he steps on that ships deck it is Phillips who is the master at sea. To tell the second half of the film would be too much of a spoiler suffice it to say that it builds to a palpable sense of danger and an agonising conclusion.

Throughout it is almost impossible to fault the tight script of screenwriter Billy Ray and Paul Greengrass's surefooted direction. His previous films like "United 93" showed that he can take the biggest of themes and skilfully weave a superb film from such fabric. With Tom Hanks as his big name star in "Captain Phillips" he squeezes out his finest performance in years and you sweat and perspire along with him. The real skill of this film however is not to lock it down as a simple morality tale about one man's heroism, but to bring in the weight global forces and show that the pirates are dwarfed by this and their own backgrounds. At the end of the day the overriding impression of this superb film is the portrayal of a group of unskilled, impoverished young men being forced by a sizeable militia into risking all for the production of ransom money who are literally all at sea. "Captain Phillips" is easily one of 2013's finest cinematic moments.
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