Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks plays Richard Phillips, a real-life cargo ship captain whose ship was taken hostage by Somali pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. Catherine Keener plays Phillips' wife. From director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), based on Phillips' memoir of his experiences.

Headed to Mombasa, Kenya, the crew of the Alabama come into contact with a small group of Somali pirates. Under the command of Phillips, the cargo ship avoids all but one boat, allowing four young Somali men to board the vessel. But when the hijackers struggle to round up the rest of the crew, Captain Phillips and the overwhelmed pirates are forced into a dangerous compromise that draws the full attention of the U.S. navy.

Best Supporting Actor (Abdi), BAFTAs 2014
2013Rating: M, Violence134 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

There is something too dry and austere about Greengrass and Ray’s telescoped vision, which touches only fleetingly on the pirates’ motives, the suffering of the Somali people and the collateral damage of global capitalism.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Director Paul Greengrass remains a genius of claustrophobia, yet his better films — "Bloody Sunday," "United 93" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" — all beat with a stronger sense of central identification. He doesn’t have as much to work with this time, and his solution is to slow down the pace. The result is more clarity, but also more monotony.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's something so unforced about him that it can seem as if he's not delivering a performance, just being Tom Hanks.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This a quasi-war movie set in peacetime; these men are fighting to the death, but not for nation or principle or ideology — or at least, not a conscious ideology: they are caught in larger economic currents.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Captain Phillips could have stopped at simply depicting what happened; it’s the steps it takes to examining why it happened that make it extraordinary.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film rips right along and never relinquishes its grip.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.

5.0
0

Absolutely and utterly superb. Tom Hanks is an acting phenomena to behold and this film is a white knuckle ride right to the last scene.

5.0
0

Sat on the edge of my seat the entire film. Amazing performance by Tom, can't imagine any other actor that could have pulled it off so brilliantly. Will definately watch this one again.

4.0
0

Director Paul Greengrass must be the best thriller director around at the moment - United 93, the third Bourne film and this are all consistently white-knuckle rides. So tense, and it builds and builds. A superb night at the movies.

5.0
0

he returns to the sea. A true seaman/captain. What a film, it is certainly a "don't miss this one" in my book.

5.0
0

Well, 9 of us saw this movie and our average score rates just above 4. It is the incredibly well depicted story of pirates capturing the Maersk Alabama off the cost of Somalia in 2009, taking its captain hostage and his subsequent rescue by navy SEALs. But the movie goes much deeper than that and into the psyche of the pirate boss as well as allowing Tom...

4.0
0

The end of the movie was intense and powerful. I cried. Human emotions and so real.

5.0
0

Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somalian pirates in a cargo ship hijacking in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass, creator of the Bourne trilogy. Captain Phillips is an intelligent and compelling thriller. Tom Hanks is riveting as Captain Richard Phillips. His performance is mind-blowing and definitely worthy of an...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

There is something too dry and austere about Greengrass and Ray’s telescoped vision, which touches only fleetingly on the pirates’ motives, the suffering of the Somali people and the collateral damage of global capitalism.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Director Paul Greengrass remains a genius of claustrophobia, yet his better films — "Bloody Sunday," "United 93" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" — all beat with a stronger sense of central identification. He doesn’t have as much to work with this time, and his solution is to slow down the pace. The result is more clarity, but also more monotony.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's something so unforced about him that it can seem as if he's not delivering a performance, just being Tom Hanks.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This a quasi-war movie set in peacetime; these men are fighting to the death, but not for nation or principle or ideology — or at least, not a conscious ideology: they are caught in larger economic currents.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Captain Phillips could have stopped at simply depicting what happened; it’s the steps it takes to examining why it happened that make it extraordinary.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film rips right along and never relinquishes its grip.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.

5.0
0

Absolutely and utterly superb. Tom Hanks is an acting phenomena to behold and this film is a white knuckle ride right to the last scene.

5.0
0

Sat on the edge of my seat the entire film. Amazing performance by Tom, can't imagine any other actor that could have pulled it off so brilliantly. Will definately watch this one again.

4.0
0

Director Paul Greengrass must be the best thriller director around at the moment - United 93, the third Bourne film and this are all consistently white-knuckle rides. So tense, and it builds and builds. A superb night at the movies.

5.0
0

he returns to the sea. A true seaman/captain. What a film, it is certainly a "don't miss this one" in my book.

5.0
0

Well, 9 of us saw this movie and our average score rates just above 4. It is the incredibly well depicted story of pirates capturing the Maersk Alabama off the cost of Somalia in 2009, taking its captain hostage and his subsequent rescue by navy SEALs. But the movie goes much deeper than that and into the psyche of the pirate boss as well as allowing...

4.0
0

The end of the movie was intense and powerful. I cried. Human emotions and so real.

5.0
0

Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somalian pirates in a cargo ship hijacking in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass, creator of the Bourne trilogy. Captain Phillips is an intelligent and compelling thriller. Tom Hanks is riveting as Captain Richard Phillips. His performance is mind-blowing and definitely worthy of...

5.0
0