Movie Review: Captain Phillips

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Captain Phillips (2013)

134 min  -  Action | Adventure | Biography  -  11 October 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 39,327 users   Metascore: 83/100
Reviews: 199 user | 311 critic | 48 from

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.


Paul Greengrass


Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (based upon the book "A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by), 1 more credit »


Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

It’s funny how things work out. I was actually planning to see “Thor: The Dark World” last night but there were too many in the line up, so it ended up being this one. I had intended to see it and of course I’m a Tom Hanks fan, so in we went. Also I should add that I wasn’t familiar with the real events of the hijacking, so I didn’t know what would happen.

Main Points:

While I certainly give credit to all the other actors for me Tom Hanks carried this movie. Fortunately this time the preview didn’t spoil the whole movie (like it did for “Cast Away” for example) and I was quickly engrossed.

The tension builds as Phillips reads reports of piracy near Africa, we see the pirates forced to take to the seas and finally the first attempt to board the ship.

There is a plenty of action and I think the movie shows how everything is not black and white. While the pirates do take actions that we consider criminal and even reprehensible, it’s clearly show they do it out of desperation, starvation and coercion from a local warlord.

The movie shows the strengths of ordinary people and makes you wonder how you would act in a real emergency/life or death situation. The military is shown as effective and willing to make hard choices but ultimately not glamorized, they simply to their job. As Phillip’s himself says in the movie “we all have bosses.” 

Final Thoughts:

I would highly recommend this movie (not for children as usual). Tom Hanks is amazing (in particular at the end with a very emotional scene) and I give it a strong 8/10. Tom Hanks could certainly win another Oscar here and it would be well deserved.


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