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.
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.
'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 .
Excerpt: A fine, muscular performance from Tom Hanks and a convincing, gripping rendering of the real-life pirate hijacking off Somalia of an American container ship make for high-seas adventure of a high order. Audiences sensing a classy, crackling thriller will get onboard for this one.
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...
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.