Captain Phillips (2013)

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.


Greengrass can create and maintain tension better than virtually any other current director, especially when he's working off real events. True to form, this is edge of your seat stuff from start to finish, even if you know the ending already. It's helped by brilliant performances from Hanks and all the other players, as well as a surprisingly nuanced script that presents both sides of the story without becoming overly preachy. The film would have been tighter if it was 15 minutes shorter, but it's a minor complaint when there isn't really a dull moment. If you can stomach the shaky cam then this is a must see.

5 years ago


Tom Hanks' performance in the last few minutes of the movie made the whole movie worth watching. I enjoyed the film, not saying it was amazing or even Oscar worthy. Yet, it was a great story, felt real, no over exaggerations for the action sequences (which I loved). Enjoyable, yes. Phenomenal and deserving a nomination for best picture? Debatable.

5 years ago


A HIJACKING was way better.

5 years ago

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