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Captain Phillips (2013)



Critic Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.

Movie Info

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award (R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.(c) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2014
Box Office: $107.1M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Captain Richard Phil...
Catherine Keener
as Andrea Phillips
Michael Chernus
as Shane Murphy
Corey Johnson
as Ken Quinn
Chris Mulkey
as John Cronan
Yul Vázquez
as Captain Frank Castel...
David Warshofsky
as Mike Perry
Max Martini
as SEAL Commander
Thomas Grube
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Mark Holden
as Maersk Alabama Crew
San Shella
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Terrence Anderson
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Marc Anwar
as Maersk Alabama Crew
David Webber
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Amr El-Bayoumi
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kapil Arun
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Louis Mahoney
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Peter Landi
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Angus MacInnes
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Ian Ralph
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kristian Hjordt Beck
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kurt Larsen
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Bader Choukouko
as Somali Boy
Idurus Shiish
as Pirate Leader
Azeez Mohammed
as Pirate Leader
Abdurazak Ahmed Adan
as Pirate Leader
Nasir Jama
as Asad's Crew
Kadz Souleiman
as Asad's Crew
Scott Oates
as Navy SEAL
David Meadows
as Navy SEAL
Adam Wendling
as Navy SEAL
Billy Jenkins
as Navy SEAL
Mark Semos
as Navy SEAL
Dean Franchuk
as Navy SEAL
Rey Hernandez
as Navy SEAL
Roger Edwards
as Navy SEAL
Raleigh Morse
as Navy SEAL
Dale McClellan
as Navy SEAL
Hugh Middleton
as Navy SEAL
Raymond Care
as Navy SEAL
Stacha Hicks
as UKMTO Officer
Will Bowden
as US Maritime Officer
Leonard Anderson
as USS Bainbridge VBSS ...
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Critic Reviews for Captain Phillips

All Critics (239) | Top Critics (51)

Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Top Critic

We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
Critic's Notebook

This film sticks in your gut.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Bring your defibrillator and a bottle of Xanex to make it through the picture as your heart will be beating outside of your chest.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014

As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Captain Phillips

Greengrass proves once again that he can build apprehension and sustain it like few can, even when we have a good idea of where the plot is heading, and Hanks' incredible performance raises it from extremely urgent story to a deeply moving, heartbreaking experience.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

Powerful and intense with excellent acting from all especially Tom Hanks, perhaps the best he's ever been.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A remarkable performance from Tom Hanks in his middle age since we missed him from his movies from the 90's, too bad the academy didn't appreciate him enough to make the list for Best Actor.. Meanwhile, Barkhad Abdi's performance as Muse got a delightful attention from the critics with 1 BAFTA Awards and an Oscar nomination.. The story itself is quite interesting, but how Paul Greengrass made the movie is another thumbs up since he make not only a great drama but also a thrilling movie that will keep the audiences hold their breath like they been on Phillip's experience.. Overall, 'Captain Phillips' definitely one of the best movies in 2013..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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