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on 23 April 2017
This film takes tension to a whole new place. It tells the true story of a ship hijacked by Somalis as it is en route to Mombassa. I researched the story afterwards, and pretty much what happened for real is what happened in the film. I'd read about differences in what the individual characters really did, but you know what, it's a great film, and if it's been modified a bit by Hollywood, then that's another discussion. This is tense, gripping stuff all the way, and so realistic it's like you're actually there. Totally well acted, compulsive viewing.
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'Tom Hanks' remains among todays finest actors with many notable film role's to
his credit down the years including 'Forrest Gump' 'Cast-a-way' 'The Terminal'
and 'Saving Private Ryan' among them.
'Captain Richard Phillips' is in charge of cargo-ship 'The Alabama'
The route they have to travel takes them into the 'Somalia Basin' ships travelling
in those waters are well aware of the threat posed by 'Somalia Pirates'
The 'Alabama' travels alone through the notorious waters soon drawing the attention
of the 'Pirates'
The ship initially out-runs the pursuing hijackers, however they come again...........
this time they board.
The Captain has ordered lock-down, however the Pirates insist on searching the
vessel to locate the crew who have attempted to hide from the intruders.
The Captain does all he can to protect them
The film shifts up a gear when events take a turn when a trade-off leaves the Captain
in a hostage situation.
Things are going to become desperate for the hostage and hijackers alike.
Based on real events--the film is a tense affair, edge of your seat stuff indeed.
An outstanding performance from 'Tom Hanks'
Superb picture and sound quality throughout.
Features include :-
Commentary with director 'Paul Greengrass'
also:- Capturing 'Captain Phillips' - 58 minutes of in-depth behind the scenes featurettes
on the making of the acclaimed film
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on 18 April 2017
This is a great edge of your seat film which I will certainly watch again. I found it very disturbing with the true to life characters and wonderful performance by Tom Hanks, based on a true story
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on 3 April 2017
Very tense drama of a real life event. Although some ex-crew members have challenged the veracity Capt Phillip's account this does not stop it being a good film. Director Paul Greengrass typical no fuss almost documentary style gives space for the nuances of the situation and the central Somali character played Bharkad Abdi is allowed to be a real person and no cardboard cutout villain. Tom Hanks delivers a brave performance.
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on 23 May 2017
Who would have thought that modern day piracy like this was a reality?
It's all so real you can taste the salt, and Tom Hanks gives an incredible performance - the scenes near the end when the character is so clearly stunned and in shock take acting to a new height. Stunning. KAN
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on 21 June 2017
An exceptional true story.

Yet another brilliant performance by Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips is a great concoction of thriller and drama.

A must watch.
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on 22 March 2017
Gripping stuff, and a very credible, realistic tackling of a piracy situation. Hanks provides good balast to a very tense film.
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on 26 April 2017
Really fantastic film, one we will watch & enjoy time & time again
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on 22 March 2017
Excellent service film excellent best film I've seen in a while
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on 8 March 2017
Fantastic. Tom Hanks is great, really enjoyed it. Recommended.
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