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Captain Phillips 2013

  • Paul Greengrass
  • October 11, 2013
  • 134 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, Thriller
Out here survival is everything.
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.


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Image and sound 4.75 / 5. I did not expect that I liked a lot, but Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks, grab you and not let you go, you live the stress, the claustrophobia in closed spaces, despair on both sides

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Watched this after seeing 10 Cloverfield lane. Great movie. 100% worth your 2hrs

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Very intense, gripping performance from Tom Hanks (Capt. Philips) and Barkhad Abdi (Abduwali Muse). The tense holds you on the screen, wondering what would happen next from one scene to another.

However, one thing that sticks with me is how easy to see this in black and white American heroism. Though the movie took its time to explain briefly that the Somalis had to do piracy because they are left with no choice, it doesn't give much room to outline how the pirates were just a small part of bigger problems in Somalia. The dialogues and flashbacks give hint here and there, but for average audience it's easy to dismiss as a mere background to spice the film. Yeah, piracy is wrong, it's illegal--but the question was why it happened?

Granted, Captain Philips is not exactly the movie to explore that question. It's an intense survival thriller, and it delivers. But it'd be nice if there's more room for the audience to stop and ponder, "yeah, it's not like they're doing this because they want to--they just have to."

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