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Rated PG-13 · 133 minutes · 2013

Action, Docudrama, Thriller
Tom Hanks plays Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship. While delivering relief goods to Kenya in 2009, his ship encounters Somali pirates who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about charity and try multiple times to board his ship. They eventually succeed, putting into play a crazy hostage drama that results in Phillips being taken aboard a space capsule-sized lifeboat with his captors. Hanks gives an expert performance that is just another notch in a great career. Fortifying the story with a terrifying yet somehow oddly sympathetic performance is Barkhad Abdi as Muse, the pirate leader. One of the major strengths of this film is the relationship between Phillips and Muse, one that basically starts with Muse informing Phillips that he is no longer the captain of his own ship. Director Paul Greengrass mellows out on his shaky cam a bit, and delivers one of his best efforts yet.


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Official Site: www.captainphillipsmovie.com/site
Director: Paul Greengrass
Producer: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Gregory Goodman, Eli Bush and Kevin Spacey
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, David Warshofsky, Omar Berdouni, Mohamed Ali and Issak Samatar

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The Coast Halifax Captain Phillips One of those days by Jacob Boon 10/10/2013
Portland Mercury Tom Hanks on a Boat Captain Phillips: a movie about Tom Hanks on a boat! by Erik Henriksen 10/09/2013
Indy Week Tom Hanks' new maritime adventure, Captain Phillips Beyond being a story about Richard Phillips' personal courage, Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass' rejection of the myopic, one-size-fits-all depiction of contemporary terrorism. by Neil Morris 10/09/2013
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North Coast Journal Lost in Space Gravity pulls you in and Runner Runner stumbles by John J. Bennett 10/10/2013
Charleston City Paper Captain Phillips tells an exciting story but lacks substance In 2009, the world watched as an American cargo ship was seized by pirates off the coast of Africa. To save his crew, the captain offered himself up as a hostage and was subsequently cordoned off in a lifeboat pod with a posse of armed and anxious pirates looking for a multi-million dollar ransom. by Tom Meek 10/09/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta A short conversation with Tom Hanks about boats The star of Captain Phillips answers questions about sea vessels and pirates by Wyatt Williams 10/08/2013
Arkansas Times 'Captain Phillips' drags The tedium of sticking to the story. by Sam Eifling 10/17/2013
Creative Loafing Charlotte Captain Phillips: Worth a salute Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 10/11/2013
NUVO Movie review: Captain Phillips Cap'n Tom Hanks is once again marooned at sea, this time in a Somalian pirate movie. The outcome is widely known, but director Paul Greengrass keeps you in the moment. by Ed Johnson-Ott 10/10/2013
Gambit Review: Captain Phillips Ken Korman reviews the Paul Greengrass piracy thriller starring Tom Hanks by Ken Korman 10/08/2013
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Captain Phillips Ken Korman reviews the Paul Greengrass piracy thriller starring Tom Hanks by Ken Korman 10/08/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Captain Phillips finds 'the purest action in the simple will to survive' Captain Phillips finds suspense in the businesslike execution of a game plan. by Scott Renshaw 10/09/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Tom Hanks battles pirates in Captain Phillips Director Paul Greengrass’ latest is a suspenseful, emotionally gripping high-seas action flick. by Joe Bardi 10/10/2013
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