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Captain Phillips 2013

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The true story of Richard Phillips, the cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to a group of Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed, is adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray in this Paul Greengrass-directed docudrama starring Tom Hanks.

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
Runtime:
2 hours, 14 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Paul Greengrass
Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
Supporting actors Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, Max Martini, Omar Berdouni, Mohamed Ali, Issak Farah Samatar, Thomas Grube, Mark Holden, San Shella, Terence Anderson, Marc Anwar
Studio Magnolia Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Captain Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks) was taking his American cargo ship on a routine voyage off the coast of Africa, when a small band of armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. While most of the crew stayed hidden, the pirates took Captain Phillips hostage in a lifeboat.

This movie, based on a true story, is extremely intense and exciting, so frightening, I don't think I could have watched it on the big screen, but on DVD, it was riveting and enlightening. There isn't any real violence until the very end, but the drama is kept at a unbearable level by the non-stop yelling of the pirates.

Their leader is played by Barkhad Abdi in his first acting role. He is outstanding and deserves his nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Tom Hanks delivers a powerful performance, remaining calm and providing a balance to the pirates' hysteria.

The script manages to elicit sympathy for the pirates because of their miserable lives; they live in abject poverty, forced to hijack ships by their warlords or die. The movie is excellent and highly recommended.
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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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Oh! Wow!, This ones a masterpiece, I cant say enough good about this incredible roller coaster of a Film. Im not in the least bothered about it being either from an actual event or just a story of modern day pirates. What matters to me, is it well written, does it have a beginning, a Middle and an end game that satisfy's. The Answer is yes, it ticks just about every box. Im not going into details, thats for buyers to find out themselves, suffice to say, the picture quality is stunning as is the sound track, and the hardware used in this film surpasses anything like Under Seige. (no disrespect).... Its brilliant screenplay and writing, which could have easily been overdone. For buyers expecting the usual Gung Ho USA trigger happy marines, or blowing up things, I found it really refreshing to see that the US is capable of using Guile, cunning, and a moderated theme through out, the ending was suitably very emotional, and one cannot fail to be moved, by What Captain Philips has to endure to the very last. hats of to Tom hanks, and all the cast and producer/ Director who made this such a believable movie. Also The hardware is almost all real, from the container ship to the pirates clapped out skiffs, to the US navy frigates or destroyers, what ever they use these days. It was hard to find Any CGI in this film, or anything that looked fake. Recommended, for those who liked, "Under Seige," "The Sum of all Fears" or "Crimson Tide" type of film, although There isnt a direct connection, because this film deals with a civilian Ship under siege from a handful of, Off their heads Pirates, no super power head to head, or other deviation from the main story. recommended without question:)
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