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81 of 89 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...
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81 of 89 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "…A Different World…" – Captain Philips on BLU RAY, 16 April 2014
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It’s April 2009 and Captain Richard Philips and his crew of 20 Americans are travelling on their Cargo Ship MAERSK ALABAMA out of Norfolk, VA to Mombasa via Cape Horn. This passage for the 'truck drivers of the ocean' (as he calls them) will see his container-crammed behemoth pass alongside the notorious Somalia coastline where no less than 6 hostage situations have taken place in the past 2 months alone.

On sophisticated radars in the elevated Control Cabin – two unidentified small power-driven boats are approaching at suspicious speed in broad daylight and not answering radio hails. The Alabama follows routine avoidance techniques – increases speed, turns so they leave a wake the smaller boats can’t handle, radio in what’s happening to the US Coast Guard, turn on the water canons… But these are determined criminals who get alongside with a ladder... And so it begins…

Filmed in Malta and actually using the Alabama’s sister ship MAERSK ALEXANDER - Director Paul Greengrass uses every nook and cranny of his real steel and paint canvas to get to you. He then hires four unknown Somalia actors to be his terrorists (they have stories to tell he says) who are simply sensational in their parts – going for it with a sweaty gusto that would make many trained actors very nervous indeed (Barkhad Abdi as the Leader took the BAFTA). Throw into this captive/hostage emotional cauldron a Director who lives to pump up the tension to unbearable levels - a huge array of truly great lead and support actors - and you’re on a tummy-rumbling cinematic winner.

"Captain Philips" is a superlative stuff – a thriller with brains – the sort of flick they don’t seem to be able to make any more these days. But special mention must be made of TOM HANKS - who in the last ten minutes (when he’s rescued and slowly begins to break down) – puts in a performance that will make your jaw drop open - and realize why he was nominated for an Oscar. He is simply magnificent throughout and filming for 12 weeks in all manner of swells and seasick situations – cannot have been an easy shoot. Yet I’d say with Charlie Wilson’s War, Castaway, Cloud Atlas and this under his belt – he’s fast approaching that rarefied club of the best actors in the entire world. I also like the way the movie goes into the Somalia political backstory – and it’s not sentimental about any of it – just desperate people pushed to desperate measures…

The BLU RAY picture quality varies from fabulous to adequate – which as any fan of Paul Greengrass movies will know is a major step up. I say this because his style is fast and furious and he goes for the moment and the truth rather than the pretty frame. His film “Green Zone” is notorious as one of the worst prints anywhere on BLU RAY (shot at night in a real-time documentary style). But this time efforts have been made to get a picture that looks great – even on the enclosed decks and in the cabins of the huge ship. Once the movie moves away from that to the small yellow boot of plastic that they keep Philips hostage on – it all gets murkier – particularly as it’s mostly shot at night. But this of course rackets up the tension – so you’re enjoying the movie too much to notice the occasional swarm of grain and fuzziness. Captain Philips is a major production and out in the open sea in daylight – it looks BLU RAY gorgeous. Just don’t expect state of the art all of the time.

The Four Audio channels are English, Italian and Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio – and English Audio Descriptive Track 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitles are English, English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.

The two substantial extras are Commentary with Director PAUL GREENGRASS and "Capturing Captain Philips". The 2nd is in several parts and filmed in HD but it will allow you to play all and is nearly an hour long. It features contributions from almost all of the actors, Greengrass, Greg Goodman (Executive Producer), Michael Bronner (Co Producer), the real Captain Richard Philips and his wife Andrea (a conversation they have titles this review), news footage of the hostage crisis at the time, Director of Photography and Principal Cameraman Barry Ackroyd. It’s fantastically detailed and adds a great deal to the viewing.

"Captain Philips" is world-class cinema – telling you a story you probably haven’t heard – doing it with skill and commitment – and featuring actors who can thrill and surprise no matter how well you think you know them.

Take this container load of salty dogs hostage in your home…and real soon.
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9 of 10 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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16 of 18 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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45 of 52 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
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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3 of 3 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish, 13 Feb 2014
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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