Out here, survival is everything.
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.... More
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.Hide
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BY Adam Fresco Flicks Writer
“Roller-coaster ride” may be a cliché but it’s well deserved by this superb action thriller - only the roller-coaster’s at sea. As in United 93 and his two Bourne movies, director Paul Greengrass ratchets up the tension with Hitchcockian skill. Taking the true tale of the 2009 hijacking of cargo ship Maersk Alabama by just four Somali pirates, Greengrass spins it into riveting entertainment. Think The Hurt Locker - with waves.... More
Pirates of the Caribbean this ain’t, but Captain Phillips has heart, and that heart owes oodles to Tom Hanks as Phillips. Beginning quietly, as a no-nonsense all-work-no-play kinda guy, he is put through the grinder, pressuring his cool calm exterior and leading to a claustrophobic climax in which Hanks delivers one of his best performances in years. The daunting task of going up against Hanks in top form falls to newcomer Barkhad Abdi. He's a revelation as Muse, the decent Somali fisherman turned pirate, portrayed as a real flesh n’ blood human, rather than a two-dimensional baddie.
The stunning documentary-style cinematography and top-notch editing deliver heart-pounding drama, on a par with last year’s nail-bitingly good Danish tale of Somali pirates, A Hijacking. But there are wee niggles. Catherine Keener as Phillips’s landlubber wife has just one scene and the relative lack of backstory for Hanks’ everyman hero, and the pirates, means there’s less emotional connect than some might expect. But these are minor quibbles in a movie that delivers top-notch thrills, spills and chills in an intense, grim, ripped-from-reality tale of two captains from disparate worlds clashing on the high seas.
Coupled with Gravity, movies like this remind cynical critics like me just how darn well crafted and entertaining cinema can be.Hide
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BY thorinoak superstar
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.
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