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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Overwhelming Thriller that Left Me Limp, 1 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Captain Phillips, (2013). A biographical and action/adventure flick, this is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. It is based upon the book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips. Screenplay was by Billy Ray; direction by British Paul Greengrass, acclaimed master of suspense, when logically there should be none, see United 93 , the Bourne films.

To quote Sony Pictures Entertainment, the releasing studio, as reprinted at IMDb:

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Hanks,Tom Hanks: The Landmark Collection [DVD] ably carries the picture in another Oscar-worthy performance. Bdi, portraying Muse, powerfully balances Hanks' performance. Catherine Keener is featured in a small part as Andrea Phillips, the Captain's wife. The movie is 134 minutes of pure, heart-stopping suspense. Though, logically speaking, we know that Phillips survived. Also, logically speaking, we know that this handful of pirates as portrayed, half-dressed, probably hardly half-fed and educated, stoned on "khat," and probably no better off than their pirate ancestors of centuries ago, who inspired the line "the shores of Tripoli," in the U.S. Marine anthem, cannot possibly prevail against the might of the twenty-first century U.S. Navy. Which has clearly spent millions of dollars in men and materiel to ensure that the captain is freed. Nevertheless, the film left me limp. A masterful thriller.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2014 08:24:50 GMT
Brilliantly made tense movie & a great performance by Tom Hanks.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading such a well written review that captured the essence of the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2014 16:03:47 GMT
timelord007, Hanks' best performance in a long time, I'm not sure I thought he had it in him.

Thanks again for stopping by, timelord007, you've become a valuable Amazon friend for me,
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