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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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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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Matthew 10/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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After this movie,Tom hanks should win a fourth oscar.Captain Phillips. this movie is based on a true story about a Captain Richard Phillip who has been hostage by these pirates. Tom hanks in this movie is outstanding and the directing and the story is smart and good.

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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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02/01/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

O Captain, My Captain

Two outstanding performances from Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi help elevate the film above a typical biopic. In this case it follows the events of the Maersk Alabama, which, in 2009, was the first U.S. cargo ship in 200 years to be boarded by pirates. In this case, the Somali coast, crawling with various factions of pirates, targets ships of all kinds hoping for a big payday. Paul Greengrass is not stranger to turning out dramatic action - from United 93 to the Bourne series, he has proven he has a handle on how to not only adapt a good story - but he has a deft eye for action. Granted - you also have to realize he is a fan of the hand-held "shaky-cam" style of filming - and Captain Phillips is no different.

However, considering how much of the film takes place in a cramped life...

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