Captain Phillips

2013, Action/Mystery & thriller, 2h 13m

279 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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In April 2009, the U.S. containership Maersk Alabama sails toward its destination on a day that seems like any other. Suddenly, Somali pirates race toward the vessel, climb aboard and take everyone hostage. The captain of the ship, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), looks to protect his crew from the hostile invaders, and their leader, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). The pirates are after millions of dollars, and Phillips must use his wits to make sure everyone survives and returns home safely.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Capt. Richard Phillips
Catherine Keener
Andrea Phillips
Barkhad Abdirahman
Bilal
Michael Chernus
Shane Murphy
Corey Johnson
Ken Quinn
Max Martini
SEAL Commander
Chris Mulkey
John Cronan
Yul Vazquez
Capt. Frank Castellano
Billy Ray
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Gregory Goodman
Executive Producer
Eli Bush
Executive Producer
Kevin Spacey
Executive Producer
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer
Paul Kirby
Production Design
Henry Jackman
Original Music
Mark Bridges
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Dominic Capon
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All Critics (279) | Top Critics (81) | Fresh (260) | Rotten (19)

  • The Navy SEALS procedural is a bit of a jumble even as it comfortingly demonstrates American competence in the face of a standoff. Still, it's the captain's passion that gives the movie its emotional intensity.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • My heart was in my mouth throughout. It is nail-bitingly exciting, even if you know the outcome, and I think I can safely say it's a better film than the one I thought I was going to see.

    September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • ... this high-stakes, visceral drama that allows the audience to experience the myriad emotions at the same time as the characters. It captures what is truly remarkable about the human spirit in times of peril.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The film's real muscle - intelligently never over-flexed - is as an allegory in the balance of global power and the value of life.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It seems strange to say that an actor as awarded and acclaimed as Tom Hanks is still capable of surprising us. But he does in 'Captain Phillips,' which is one of the best films of the year.

    June 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted.

    February 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The Navy SEALS procedural is a bit of a jumble even as it comfortingly demonstrates American competence in the face of a standoff. Still, it's the captain's passion that gives the movie its emotional intensity.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • My heart was in my mouth throughout. It is nail-bitingly exciting, even if you know the outcome, and I think I can safely say it's a better film than the one I thought I was going to see.

    September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • ... this high-stakes, visceral drama that allows the audience to experience the myriad emotions at the same time as the characters. It captures what is truly remarkable about the human spirit in times of peril.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The film's real muscle - intelligently never over-flexed - is as an allegory in the balance of global power and the value of life.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Captain Phillips is a great adult orientated thriller that has a wonderful sense of tension and a career best Tom Hanks performance. You owe it to yourself to see this.

    March 17, 2021 | Rating: 4.5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a technical chef-d'oeuvre. It's a study on the misanthropy of international piracy. It's a film that's far more evocative and thought-provoking than its name suggests.

    February 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Captain Phillips

  • Mar 10, 2017
    Tom Hanks treads familiar territory in a story of survival in the eyes of savage barbarism and a treacherous plain to deliver a fantastic adaptation of 2009 hijacking of a US cargo vessel carrying food and water through the somali basin. The cast all deliver their performances with such high-octane precision that the story flows in a fluid and massively intense perimeter. Barkhad Abdi also delivers a brilliant debut performance as Muse, "the other Captain" and manages to capture the spotlight even when he isn't saying anything. Captain Phillips is an amazing story of survival and definitely worth a watch.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2016
    Captain Philips is very thrilling, well written and Tom Hanks's performance is extremely powerful! Paul Greengrass captures the realism and the overall film and performances are very convincing.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2014
    Powerful and intense with excellent acting from all especially Tom Hanks, perhaps the best he's ever been.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2014
    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 & Super Reviewer

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