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.” IMDB.

The good – Tom Hanks is back to his best after a couple of duds, (Incredibly loud & incredibly close; Larry Crowne), this man has been so many good films it’s ridiculous, so it’s good to see him at the top of his game again.  Also, the narrative grips you and doesn’t let go right until the end.

The bad – Not much, possibly ‘clichéd’ US military scenes.

The rest – (Shamelessly pinched from


During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Tom Hanks said the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge.Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally to build up tension between the actors on board the ship and the actors playing the Somali pirates. See more »


When Captain Phillips is on deck at sea near the beginning of his voyage, the ship is obviously stationary when it should be moving. See more »

The verdict – 4.5/5.

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