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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

"Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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
"Bring your defibrillator and a bottle of Xanex to make it through the picture as your heart will be beating outside of your chest."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"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
"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
"As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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
"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
"About an hour in, though, much hell breaks loose. Greengrass' avid, excitable camera moves begin to match the action, to become the action."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"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
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