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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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...

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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 kennethmoultry
The movie was good. However, I was disappointed that the picture did not fill the IMAX screen entirely. I've seen multiple documentaries on that very IMAX screen, and the screen was filled. Is...

Great movie!

By amandanelson86
Kind of angered me that it took so long for any response to happen and that the pirates had another day to attack the ship and that these ships have no other way of defending themselves other than...

Taut, smart

By hgoldman77
Great direction, acting, cinematography and script writing are just several of the many reasons to see Tom Hanks' best movie performance in several years. He shows why he is a movie star of enduring...

Tom Hanks was as usual, fantastic!

By dgeekess
I had a hard time with the hard line violent theme, I don't usually call it entertainment when it seems more violence than anything else -- Tom Hanks was awesome to do justice to this re-enactment....

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By amdarden
My friends and I loved the film. The acting, cinematography, directing were all spectacular. Amazing. It was especially impressive in Imax!...

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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