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Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award (R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"The script, adapted from the book written by the actual protagonist, is not romanticized or glossed over with overreaching sentiment, and Greengrass' direction matches it with a style that is consistently tenacious."
‑ David Keyes,
"[W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"While I find it a little strange that it's been getting as much awards attention as it has, it's still worth taking a look at for Greengrass' intense direction and a story that will have your eyes glued to the screen. For most of it at least."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"After a gripping start in which Phillips tries to outrun the pirates, the excitement lessens once they clamber aboard."
‑ , Daily Record [UK]
"While the events depicted here do at times suggest a sort of Die Hard on the high seas, the tone is refreshingly anti-triumphalist."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"One of the ten best films of 2013."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"It's some of the most powerful acting Hanks has ever done."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Storytelling in its purest form: it works as a no-fat thriller, yet it achieves nuanced character dimension and thematic complexity"
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"The final scenes alone, make "Captain Phillips" worthy of being called a masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's a sweaty-palmed, relentless thriller - and a damned good one."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
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