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Captain Phillips

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Columbia Pictures,, [2014]
Edition: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Despite my ongoing “Tom Hanks fatigue” and the Hollywood hyperbole surrounding the actual facts of the case, I still found this idealized account of the 2009 highjacking of an American cargo ship by desperate Somali pirates one of the more riveting actioners I’ve seen in quite some time. Sailing around the horn of Africa en route to Mombassa laden with heavy equipment and humanitarian supplies the Maersk Alabama, captained by New Englander Richard Phillips, finds itself boarded by a pack of armed men intent on taking over the ship and holding both it and the crew for ransom. What follows is a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse as Phillips bargains with the already agitated posse’s deadly serious leader while his hidden crew wage a war of sabotage against their kidnappers. But once the U.S. Navy gets involved with their “no hostages” mandate the stakes suddenly go from precarious to downright lethal. With quick editing, a pounding score, and cameras in perpetual motion, director Paul Greengrass’ high seas thriller moves effortlessly between wide ocean vistas and glaring blue skies to interior shots of metal rat mazes and broiling engine rooms—a tense stint aboard a bobbing lifeboat will have some reaching for the dramamine. But it is the psychological standoff between Phillips and pirate leader Muse (newcomer Barkhad Abdi deserving his Oscar nod) that propels the story forward. Refusing to demonize his antagonists, yet offering little sympathy, Greengrass presents them as beleaguered serfs propping up their courage with mild narcotics and watching their ill-gotten gains go to feed the coffers of local warlords. Captain Phillips on the other hand is a staunch middle class family man who nevertheless senses the moral ambivalence in Muse and, in the end, tries to prevent the bloodbath he fears is approaching. A taut and suspenseful piece of moviemaking…but if you’re hoping for a factual documentary you best look elsewhere.

Nov 20, 2014
  • enolacocheta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't know if I can say enough good things about this film. It is Tom Hanks' masterpiece. So skillfully filmed and magnificently portrayed. Although of course no fictionalized version of a true event from Hollywood can ever give the entire story, the viewer can easily believe that the facts are pretty well represented by this film, and the laudable character of Cpt. Phillips is portrayed accurately. I highly recommend this film. Not only is it highly entertaining in an edge-of-your-seat kind of way, but the events as they played out are fascinating.

Nov 13, 2014
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very suspenseful yet entertaining.

This movie shed a lot more light on the events surrounding the Maersk Alabama hijacking.

Nov 03, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tom Hanks gives a remarkable performance as Captain Richard Phillips of the U.S. flagged ship the Maersk Alabama. Somali pirates take control of his ship with only Tom Hanks on the bridge of the ship. The rest of the crew is hiding far down in the engine room. The movie centers on Tom Hanks as the captain and the Somali pirates. With subtitles we learn what they are saying to one another. They seem ruthless, yet Captain Phillips (Hanks) seems calm and using every diversion he knows to keep the pirates from his crew. It is so suspenseful that it will have you glued to your chair. A five star movie from start to finish!

Oct 29, 2014
  • Peggy57 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Oh my gosh! An incredible movie with oscar worthy performances.

Oct 21, 2014
  • tgwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tom Hanks did a straight up outstanding performance as Captain Richard Philips. Highly recommend it!

Sep 19, 2014
  • whyisitso rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Much better than I expected. Already being familiar with the much-publicized real-life story, I wasn't sure I would enjoy this film, but I did. Tom Hanks does a great job as the title character and the film manages to create a lot of suspenseful moments, even if you already know the story.

Sep 11, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, I found this story to be good, but not great. I'm not convinced that the Tom Hanks character was properly casted in the role. The plot appeared quite plausible. It's amazing though that the ship only had fire hoses to defend themselves. Hopefully, that has changed now.

Sep 07, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This amazing film brought to life the complexity of the various governmental agencies involved in rescuing Captain Phillips, who had been kidnapped by Somali pirates for the purpose of a multi-million dollar ransom. While the film was over 2 hours long, that amount of time was needed to set up the recruitment of the kidnappers, the kidnapping, the chase and the rescue, etc. Prior to seeing the film, I had only a vague sense of the story. I had had no idea of the complexity of the operation and that the perfect point of execution lasted for a mere second. The film received numerous well-deserved Oscar nominations.

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Jun 09, 2014
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Feb 16, 2014
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Feb 01, 2014
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Feb 16, 2014
  • vcc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: I'm the captain now.

Feb 16, 2014
  • vcc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Everything is going to be alright." - Muse

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Feb 01, 2014
  • VancouverCanuck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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