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Captain Phillips (2013) Movie Information

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Paul Greengrass


Tom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Michael Chernus
Barkhad Abdirahman
Faysal Ahmed
Chris Mulkey





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Based on the true story of US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, led by Captain Richard Phillips which, in 2009, became the first American cargo ship in 200 years to be hijacked by pirates - in this case, Somali pirates. -- Chris Kavan

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Ingrid Bergman 09/02/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Gripping story based on real life events with powerhouse performances from the cast and an intelligent and interesting screenplay.

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Mark 02/20/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Tom Hanks plays in his best role in years as Richard Philips, a merchant marine captain who's boat is taken hostage by Somali pirates, and who's bravery helped save many lives. Barkhad Abdi does an unbelievable role as the pirate leader, considering he has never acted before in his life. The film stays very close to the actual events that ended in a classic nail biting showdown.

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Nolane 01/30/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An intense movie that feels "real" all the way through featuring a solid performance from Tom Hanks and terrific direction from Paul Greengrass.

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05/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A tense thriller from action-captain Greengrass

The captain of this film Mr. Greengrass has got it all right. He drives us into the real adaptation of Captain Phillips hijack scenario played by terrific Hanks and his fellow somalian pirates lead by newbie Abdi. The film as a whole was my pick of the best. I liked every aspect of this film. The story was intense, narrative was gripping, the music was awesome and the cinematography was pin point. The tense moments Greengrass creates after an hour into the movie keeps us waiting for the reaction to come by. The script never relents to go down, rather every move made by Greengrass be it the puzzling action, hard hitting dialogues works really well. I might givc a bit low for the film rather than a full score, because it had a run time of nearly one hundred and thirty minutes. That is way t...

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03/17/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not the Best Movie, But Definitely a Good One.

A true to life story of Captain Richard Phillips who led the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

I would say that this was an Oscar nominee-worthy film with all its drama and thrill combined. An interesting material with very clean execution of the script. I remember watching in the news about this Somali pirates and I think the movie painted a clear picture to me how a real hijacking went.
At first (about 98% of the film) I was not feeling Tom Hank's portrayal of the character. Until the last scene when ***SPOILER ALERT*** he was rescued and a medic checks him up. He cries and I felt all the sorrow and suffering of the character, the real captain Phillips.
This is definitely a film with heart. All the thrill and suspense end up with a dram...

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02/21/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wish it didn't make me yawn

I know it's probably just me, but this film literally put me to sleep. Despite really outstanding performances by Hanks and Abdi, it just seemed to be bogged down somehow. There wasn't really any kind of developments that made me jump up and go "WOOF!", and the (overly) long stretch on the lifeboat, which seemed to take up half the film, was just plain claustrophobic, and really, not exciting at all. I think that that is really what I felt was missing here. A sense of some kind of excitement. I didn't find any at all. Hanks is without doubt at all a great actort, but please excuse me for blaspheming, he has done a few that have left me flat. This is one, and despite all the fanfare, "Castaway" seemed like one lonnnng droning FedEx commercial (don't think so? Count the...

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