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Captain Phillips

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Overall 8
8.0

Captain Phillips

DVDizzy
23 January 2014
  • Conclusion: Captain Phillips is a very good movie which reminds us of Paul Greengrass' gift for docudrama and that Tom Hanks can still act in a big, serious production. With minimal embellishment and fiction, Greengrass turns real events into gripping action cinema. The ending is a little overlong and the story lacks the human interest and characterization of similar, recent pulled-from-the-headlines/case files dramas.
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'Captain Phillips’ basks in realism

Toledo Blade
7 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Given our national state of despair while in the throes of the Great Recession, the U.S. military’s decisive actions and rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from a small band of Somali pirates in 2009 was more than a cause for celebration. It was a moment of intense national pride that, in a time when everything was going wrong, offered us the temporary respite of something finally going right.
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Date Movies for Parents: 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity,' 'Rush'

Moviefone
10 October 2013
  • Excerpt: SonyA chill is finally in the air, the children have been in school for more than a month, and the holiday season is nearly upon us.
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'Captain Phillips' makes real-life danger into suspenseful drama

Las Vegas Weekly
9 October 2013
  • Excerpt: When he made Green Zone in 2010, director Paul Greengrass attempted to fuse the Hollywood-style excitement of his Jason Bourne films (the second and third in the series) with his naturalistic, you-are-there depiction of real-world events in movies like Bloody Sunday and United 93 . The result fell short both as a thriller and as social commentary, but Greengrass does a much better job of fusing the two aims in Captain Phillips , based on the real-life hijacking of an...
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'Captain Phillips' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the High Seas Thriller

Moviefone
9 October 2013
  • Excerpt: SonyIn 2009, amidst a rash of piracy-related hijackings, the freighter ship Maersk Alabama was taken by Somali pirates.
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Overall 10
10

DVD Review: Captain Phillips

Film Guide
2 March 2014
  • Excerpt: I don’t think I’ve ever started a review by talking about the final scene, mostly I guess because I don’t want to be revealing spoilerific plot details. But with Captain Phillips being based on a book written by Captain Richard Phillips about his experience with Somali pirates, I think it’s a given that you already know the general outcome. But it’s the end of this film that will leave a lasting impression on you, and cement Tom Hanks as one of the best actors alive.
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Overall 10
10

Captain Phillips

Empire Online
11 February 2014
  • Conclusion: Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.
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Overall 10
10

Captain Phillips

Film Guide
18 November 2013
  • Excerpt: I don’t think I’ve ever started a review by talking about the final scene, mostly I guess because I don’t want to be revealing spoilerific plot details. But with Captain Phillips being based on a book written by Captain Richard Phillips about his experience with Somali pirates, I think it’s a given that you already know the general outcome. But it’s the end of this film that will leave a lasting impression on you, and cement Tom Hanks as one of the best actors alive.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

FILMDUDE
24 October 2013
  • Excerpt: This evocative retelling of the MV Maersk Alabama hijacking brings the tension of a real-life hostage drama to screen. The director's trademark visceral style and realism is perfectly suited to this intense biopic, and the handheld camerawork compliments the turbulence of the situation at hand. We remain gripped by the antagonistic relationship between the two captain as the film builds to a dazzling crescendo of military operations.
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Overall 8
8.0

Captain Phillips

Film Guide
18 October 2013
  • Excerpt: The story of Captain Phillips, who was Master of the MV Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked by Somali pirates is a tense knife-edge journey through the eyes of a man and his captors. April 7 2009 sees Captain ‘Rich’ Phillips taking his boat down the Somali coastline aware of advisories that Somali pirates were at work. His vessel with 17,000 tons of cargo aboard was bound for Somalia, Uganda and Kenya and over 5,000 tons was of aid for Somalia alone.
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