Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

DVD - 2014
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Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillips' team follow his orders to hide until they hear him give the safe word, the captain and a few essential crew members remain on the bridge as the heavily armed pirates make their way up to seize control of the ship. But the interlopers soon discover something that sends them into a furious rage: After effectively shutting down the ship, Phillips explains that the Maersk had malfunctioned when the crew pushed it too hard in an attempt to evade the attackers. In order to appease their leader, the ruthless Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips offers them the $30,000 that's been locked in the ship safe. But that isn't enough, and Muse demands that Phillips help him search every corner of the ship to root out the terrified crew. When that plan fails, the pirates agree to take the cash from the safe and flee in the Maersk's lifeboat. At the last minute, however, they kidnap Phillips in the hope of supplementing their take with a sizable ransom -- a decision that leads to a tense standoff with the U.S. Navy, who would sooner see the lifeboat sunk with Phillips inside than allow it to reach Somalia.


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Tense, great acting, and a shockingly strong supporting cast.
Great movie.

Apr 03, 2018

Better than average movie filled with action and suspense.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

The actors were magnificent in this movie. It was a little too much action for my taste--I would've liked to had more backstory, more drama about who these characters were and less adventure. I thought the cast of the Alabama were portrayed a little too favorably, especially the titular character, but I guess this is to be expected.

May 22, 2016

This is a very good production both in directing and acting. Recommend to watch.

Apr 19, 2016

Of all the Tom Hank films I would have to say this is on my top three.The movie is EXTREMELY intense. When I watched it in theaters my heart was beating very very fast. It is a nail biter. The acting from EVERYONE was top notch. If your a drama/thriller fan, make sure to watch Phillips next.

Nov 25, 2015

Very good movie; just can't stop watching but to glue on chair until the end.

Nov 09, 2015

Based on true story. Good acting. Good production. Entertaining!

Jul 31, 2015

Average Hollywood flic- The Danish film " A Hijacking " is a much superior film to this.

Jul 30, 2015

This is a 2013 American biographical survival thriller directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse.
It is a multi-layerd examination of the the real incident.
The Somali pirate leader, Muse, takes Captain Phillips as hostage, and the two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when the pirates target the American cargo ship.
In the ensuing standoff, both men find thyemselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
It is a gripping, thrilling and edge-of-your-seat drama that grabs your eyes from the start to the end.

Quimeras Jul 10, 2015

Not as biased as I thought it would be. Good film.

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Feb 16, 2014

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

"Everything is going to be alright." - Muse


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