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on February 6, 2014
Well paced yet deeper than just a "bad guys shoot 'em up" story. You get a glimps into the chaos in that part of the world that drives "fishermen" into piracy. Also opens up debates about to wisdom (or not) of providing merchant vessels defensive weapons to deter such things.
There may be debatable points on what went wrong and where things should have been approached differently. But, frankly, this film shows the reality of how events take on their own reality that no armchair quarterbacking could affect. The heroism of the captain and crew and the professionalism of the military responders is well told. Finally, Hank's portrayal of the Captain's emotional turmoil following his recovery from the clutches of the pirate crew is suburb!
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"Captain Phillips" was nominated for Academy Award Best Picture - well deserved. Barkhad Abdi, who played Somali pirate Muse was nominated for Best Supporting Actor - again well deserved. Tom Hanks, as Captain Phillips, definitely should have been nominated for (and won) Best Actor.

This movie, based on actual events from 2009, was an excellent, thrilling, taut, edge-of-my-seat movie. The acting was superb. The special effects were stunning. I was definitely glad I got this in Blu-Ray.

Both my husband and I thought this was a great movie.
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on January 31, 2014
Many have praised this film for the action and realism. . .and that is true (even though some have argued there are some major differences between fact and fiction). That isn't what makes this movie great though; what makes this film stand out is the acting, namely by Tom Hanks. He plays Rich Phillips, and he is very believable and credible. Isn't Hanks always? The end of the movie is what really sold me on Hank's performance here. He perfectly captures a man in shock, a man who is barely holding it together, a man about to become unhinged. It was almost like watching a documentary. . .Hanks always delivers. He has a great supporting cast, but for me, this was Castaway-ish: this movie was mostly a vehicle for Hanks' acting chops.
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on June 13, 2017
I'm a girl so only watched this because my husband wanted to, but I liked it much better than I expected. I recommend it for movie night! Maybe not for young kids though, it's a little tense in places. They actually show the pirates as real people too, which makes you feel sorry for them even though you want the good guys to win.
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on July 19, 2017
Well, it's Tom Hanks. How can it suck with him in it? Hanks has a good track record of picking winning scripts and, in this case, it was a true story that was just told as accurately as it could be. Very well done throughout. Even though you know how it ends it is gripping until the end.
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on September 27, 2016
Incredibly gripping movie! Tom Hanks is excellent, of course. The story is fascinating but you have to remember, it's just a Hollywood story! Most of the details are dead wrong so don't get invested in it as true-to-life; it isn't. Treat it like and good move and nothing more, and you'll enjoy it more.
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on October 7, 2017
Tom Hanks is always great in whatever he does. This will keep you on the edge of your seat.. Very good movie. A movie to add to your collection as you could probably watch this more than once and not grow bored.
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on March 17, 2014
The story of this brave captain's rescue by Navy Seals was all over the news. I knew how the story began and how it ended so I didn't think this was going to be that great of a movie but I was so wrong. There was so much that I didn't know and I found myself thoroughly caught up in the movie. Tom Hanks, as usual, gave an excellent performance. The fact that this was a true story only made the movie more interesting. I soon realized that the beginning and ending were all that I knew. All the stuff in between was riveting.
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on July 5, 2017
Great movie! Heavy drama and action. Not for kids---violence. Tom Hanks is superb, as is the other "captain." It's one of those movies you can't take your eyes off of in case you miss something. Highly recommend.
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on March 30, 2017
the ending (Capt. Philips in sick bay) is worth sitting through the entire movie. Tom Hanks is superb in that scene, as is the movie-making in general - masterfully done!
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