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Captain Phillips (2013)

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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.

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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) Sony
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    PG-13 (for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use)
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Cast

Tom Hanks
as Captain Richard Phillips
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 Castellano
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 Officer
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Critic Reviews for Captain Phillips

All Critics (246) | Top Critics (54)

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
Grantland
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
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The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
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Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
The Atlantic
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It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
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This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Captain Phillips

The film's much discussed and likely inaccuracies aside, when it comes to the portrayal of real occurrences of recent history, it doesn't get much better than this. The direction, the script, the acting all work in favor of a realistic, sobering and terrifying retelling of events. Tom Hanks delivers one of his strongest performances of the last 15 years as regular man getting thrown into events beyond his own control. Especially the last couple of scenes stay with you for a very long time. Sure, the showdown feels a bit like a Navy Seals recruitment video, but even that doesn't take anything away from the film's power and desperate atmosphere. It's the only part that feels even remotely hollywoodized anyway, the rest is as gritty and unpleasant as you imagine the hijacking of a freighter ship to be. Much praise has to go to the amateur actors in the Somali roles too. Not only do they give their characters a threatening face, they also look beyond the veil and ask for the reasons behind such desperate measures.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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 to a deeply moving, heartbreaking experience.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

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