Captain Phillips

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Captain Phillips
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.


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Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

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Apr 01, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Paul Greengrass. Greengrass catapulted to stardom based on his directorial work on THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004), the second installment in the Bourne film franchise. Captain Phillips follows the docudrama format of the film Greengrass completed after THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, UNITED 93 (2006). UNITED 93 was a good film, though it buffed up the national security machinery to look like an expensive car commercial. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is not so good. The performances of the Somali pirates are superb (Barkhad Abdi won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Muse the pirate captain). While there are vague references as to the reasons why the Somali youth are pirates -- they are cogs in a larger criminal enterprise; their waters have been fished out by corporate factory trawlers -- this film in the end is nothing more than an advertisement for the U.S. Navy. An elite G.I. Joe team of Navy SEALS (they're clean cut this time; no beards and keffiyeh as in ZERO DARK THIRTY) parachute in and mop up the mess with their cutting-edge technology and their deadly sniper rifles. The bad black men are made to go bye-bye in a spray of blood, and the traumatized Tom Hanks/Captain Phillips ends the film being ministered to by a beautiful, strong, angelic, milk-fed Navy medic in an immaculate emergency room aboard the destroyer USS Bainbridge. You see, all is right in the world. American military might bestrides the globe. If you want to see a better Greengrass film, see BLOODY SUNDAY (2002).

Feb 24, 2015
  • Snowlepard rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This film is one big lie. Read what the crew say really happened & what a "nice guy" Phillips is.

Jan 05, 2015
  • mishimishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tom Hanks once more proves to be an exceptional actor. This true story really grips you and the intensely emotional ending had me in tears. A must see!

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.

Nov 06, 2014

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!

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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
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