Captain Philipps

Captain Phillips is a true story about the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama en route from Oman to Mombasa, Kenya by a crew of Somali pirates. Captain Phillipps 1The botch-up hijacking resulted in the kidnapping for ransom of the container ship captain. The movie is based on the memoir of the real Captain Richard Phillips.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Captain Richard Phillips, the Alabama’s commanding officer and Muse the Somali pirate captain, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed Captain Phillips 2ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the coast of Somalia. Phillips was kidnapped aboard a high-tech lifeboat bound for the Somali coast with the US Navy and a SEAL team in pursuit. Both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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The movie is a high tension theatrics but it is not as politicized like most movies of its genre. It has political undertones but not the “in your face” kind. It is graphically startling but not the “Pulp Fiction” type; there are graphic and violent scenes but these violent and graphic scenes are needed and justified to be there. The hostage situations are so real.

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Captain Phillips is very well written, acted and with brilliant cinematography. This is how a good movie should be. The only negative thing is the lack of character development of the main characters, the movie rushed into the hostage drama without developing the characters.

It stars Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, Barkhad Abdi as Muse, Catherine Keener as Andrea Phillips, and directed by Paul Greengrass.

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14 Responses to Captain Philipps

  1. rob951 says:

    There should have been a lot more characterization and would have been a great movie, but the film that we have here is a solid suspense film that will raise your spirits none the less.

  2. 568 says:

    The movie delved into the notion that Globalization is to blame, when in fact it touches on the idea very briefly and then continues on its predictable course. They could have touched more on the issue of globalization.

  3. This is one of the year’s best movies and it features Tom Hanks’ strongest work in more than a decade. But it’s a live wire, time bomb of a film that, when it finally releases, leaves your nerves scrambled.

  4. Darell says:

    Superbly acted and unbearably intense and thrilling, Captain Phillips is a rare film that manages to be terrifically exciting even though we more or less know the outcome

  5. adelle m says:

    Tom Hanks carried the movie along with his pirate co-stars. Captain Phllips is a straightforward yet powerful movie. The last part of the movie is riveting and touching right to the core of one’s heart.

  6. Guy with attitude says:

    A good film that provided a view of the event from both parties. Both Tom and Barkhad put in great performances and didn’t disappoint with his direction of this film and although a little long and some scenes could be cut, love this film and I would recommend this film.

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  8. Texas Girl says:

    Tom Hanks’ is superb in this movie and I am seeing an Oscar nomination.

  9. JP says:

    Wonderful movie.

  10. J A says:

    Very suspenseful. Its very interested to see how everything went down, depending on how ‘based on a true story’ it is. Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi both give stellar performances.

  11. las a. says:

    This is one of best movie of the year. Tom Hanks’ strongest work in more than a decade. But it’s a live wire, time bomb of a film that, when it finally releases, leaves your nerves scrambled.

  12. sandy says:

    Brilliant movie right from the start to the end. It is gripping with an amazing story. Also has political undertones too and it is highly recommended.

  13. ddddd says:

    Well done movie specially Tom Hanks, I am pretty sure he will get an Oscar nomination if not Oscar for this movie.

  14. bla bla bla says:

    What a great movie it keeps you on the edge of my chair the whole time. great acting by all the new comers. Very good job in finding people from Somalia.

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