Written July 25, 2014
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 life the high stakes "business" of piracy that played out on Maersk Alabama in 2009. Tom Hanks wonderfully portrays the real life Captain Richard "Irish" Phillips. Newcomer, Barkhad Abdi, masterfully embodies a villain we can both hate and sympathize with at the same time.
Captain Phillips is well acted, well shot, and well scored. It doesn't attempt to be anything other than the harrowing true life story that it is.
Whether you are familiar with the details of this event, or you've never heard of Captain Richard Phillips, this movie will entertain and enthrall.
There's nothing during or after the credits
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Written October 09, 2013
Really good movie, the end will keep you on the edge of your seat. The acting is top notch across the board. Not really a movie for kids do to violence..
Written October 20, 2013
If you're prone to motion sickness, STAY AWAY FROM THIS FILM!!
About 99% of the film was shot with hand-held cameras. I understand what the director was going for, but this was WAY too much.
I managed to get through the first 20 minutes or so before I had to make a run for it.
I could only listen to the rest of the film. With half the dialogue sub-titled, and unable to open my eyes without risking another upheaval, it was impossible to follow.
Written October 10, 2013
Even though you know it's Tom Hanks the entire time and it's a film, it still was very tense throughout and felt like they were on a tiny lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. The best shot of the movie is shortly after the lifeboat is launched, showing it sailing toward Somalia and the Maersk Alabama trailing behind. Amazing shot that gave the true sense of scale to both ships. Well done Paul Greengrass.
This being Paul Greengrass there is some shaky camera work but it's more intentional, in the spirit of Bloody Sunday rather than the Bourne films. If it was hard to follow some of the action it took no time to figure out what had happened.
A very gripping film.
Written October 11, 2013
My nerves were on edge throughout most of the movie despite the fact that I knew the outcome would be good for Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks was absolutely beyond exceptional--and particularly in the last few moments of the movie. His near breakdown (catharsis?) at the end and his acting as he was assessed and treated in the ship's medical facility was truly believable and skilled.
The casting of the Somali pirates was awesome. The skinny, malnutrition-appearing bodies not only seemed appropriate, but somehow underneath represented the sheer desperation of men in a broken-down society. Despite their fierceness and determination, somehow there was sympathy for their plight.
The skills of the Navy Seals and the warships that gave assistance were gratifying to see and yet there was every possibility that the outcome could have been different.
Absolutely loved this movie!!!
(Definitely not for children).