Academy Award® Nominee
Director Paul Greengrass's multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the... View more >
sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use
Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Max Martini... View more >
Based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.
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This movie is based on the true story of a ture American hero who risk his life to defend his ship and his crew against Somalia Pirates. Hanks plays the Captain and he did it very well. I like this movie, but I didn't outright like this movie. Hanks performance could get him another Academy Award for best actor. Last Sunday I saw the real Captain Phillips on TMZ. Sorry if I gave away the ending.
The pirates steal the show. should get AA.
When a movie is headlined by Tom Hanks, I have certain expectations going in, and I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed!
Hanks gives a great performance as the captain of a cargo ship that is boarded and overtaken by Somali pirates. The casting choice here is perfect, because for the drama to be effective, you have to empathize with the captain and his plight, and become emotionally invested in the outcome. What first starts out as a larger peril of the ship and its crew becomes more personal when the circumstances change and the focus is put on personal survival.
I expected an excellent performance from Tom Hanks, but what I didn't expect was an equally good performance from Barkhad Abdi, who plays the leader of the Somali pirates. What could have been a one-dimensional role was turned into one with depth, making the audience empathize with the situation he was in as well as that which he imposed upon the captain and crew of the Maersk Alabama.
With his experience in the first three Bourne movies, director Paul Greengrass knows how to film tense action scenes. Thankfully, his shaky cam isn't as shaky in this movie, but his use of first-person perspective and his ability to use restraint even during the most tense scenes makes the movie even more effective.
I was completely invested into this movie as it came to its final conclusion. I found myself literally on the edge of my seat during some of the scenes, and as the conclusion came, I was very grateful that Navy SEALs exist!
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