Captain Phillips: The IMAX Experience Synopsis
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates.

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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It falls to Hanks and his movie-star presence to anchor this ambitious enterprise, and he does some of his most impressive acting without...
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
It’s a breathlessly told movie; both meticulous and frenetic, sweat-soaked and methodical. It will take hold and won’t let you go, and it’s...
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By Dan Jolin
Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is an intense and complicated story, and the film doesn't rush it. It lets it unfold and build, methodically.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Even as Greengrass’ signature kinetic style renders us nearly seasick and emotionally spent from the action, it’s the work of Tom Hanks...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The climactic rescue by Navy SEALs is riveting. But it's Phillips' devastating after-the-fact shock that leaves the most haunting...
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By James Berardinelli
Captain Phillips works precisely because Hanks isn't a muscle-bound, gun-toting figure (nor does he turn into one during the course of the...
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By Scott Foundas
There is something too dry and austere about Greengrass and Ray’s telescoped vision, which touches only fleetingly on the pirates’ motives,...
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A Truly Amazing True Story

By MedRed
Captain Phillips is one of those rare movies where no attention to detail was spared. The story is straight forward, with minimal embellishments. Based on a true story, Captain Phillips brings to...

Excellent Entertainment

tThe movie by itself is excellent entertainment and I highly recommend it to anyone. I don't know however how accurate it is and how much the story has been embellished. We may never know the "real"...

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By rfbricky
The lead actor, Tom Hanks, immersed himself in his role really well that he played his part convincingly. It seems that he cannot do wrong actor! So w/ the guy who played Muse, he was also very...

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By LMcRocky
My god can Tom Hanks act! The theater was dead silent as the screen when dark and stayed that way for a full minute. Few actors can command an screen like that. Thank you Mr. Hanks, Capt. Phillips...

Very good

By savile
Enjoyed Captain Phillips. The IMAX experience is a bit dizzying at times, and for some sections, it's really just a blur because the action is too fast. But it makes the film very powerful. Tom...

Great Stuff!

By Devilsmane
Did I tell you I cried happy tears. That's right. And I'm a big mean looking war vet. I melted. If you don't cry like a baby you don't have a heart. :)...

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By hollywoodbuff448
This is the first movie I saw in IMAX and was really impressed. With the expanse of the open sea, the venue was so appropriate. Hanks was terrific as the captain, down to the New England accent. The...

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By curtiskc
Excellent film making with top rated performances by the cast, particularly Tom Hanks award winning performance during the final scenes, and the Somali cast. Where did they get these guys? Awesome!...

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By berryboy316
Intense, seat gripping 2 hours. Beautifully shot with scenes few of us have ever seen before -- the shipping docks and commercial loading! Somalia tribesman -- the acting of the Somalian...

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By marystewart44
Tom Hanks deserves an academy award. His acting is amazing complete with the Vermont accent. This is a thriller that doesn't allow you to take your eyes off the screen.!!! It made me feel secure...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under Nail-biting story of ship hijacking is fabulous but intense.
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