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Captain Phillips
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02.04.2014 By: Chris Bumbray
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Paul Greengrass

Actors:
Tom Hanks

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The true story of Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) who-as the captain of the merchant marine vessel the Maersk Alabama- was taken hostage by Somali Pirates
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The success of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, both financially and critically, is something that makes me, as a reviewer, very happy. Often these Oscar-bait dramas have a hard time gaining a foothold commercially as theyíre almost all consigned to the fourth quarter of a given year, as the Academy tends to overlook anything released earlier in the year. As such, the result is usually a bottleneck of films, and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, which was a pricey gamble, could have gotten lost.

Thankfully, it found its audience, and thatís a good thing as this is Tom Hanksí best performance in years. Inexplicably not nominated for best actor at this year's Oscars (I'd have nominated him over Bale in AMERICAN HUSTLE- as good as he was- and Dern's role in NEBRASKA is a supporting part at best), Hanks is incredibly moving as the titular captain, who found himself in a harrowing situation after Somali pirates hijacked his ship. Playing a headstrong, maybe even pigheaded guy, Hanks seems to have been made for the role, that feels like a throw-back to the complicated star turns he used to give in the late nineties-early aughts. Phillips could have just allowed the pirates to take his cargo and be done with it, but thereís a certain nobility in his stubborn need to take responsibility for his cargo that makes him come off as a hero, even if the real Phillips was (and remains) a controversial figure.

Almost as good as Hanks is newcomer Barkhad Abdi, as the head hijacker. The morality of his situation is complex, as the Somali pirates are driven to do what they do- often- by necessity, although their cold-bloodedness isnít downplayed. Thereís something tragic about the character, in that Abdi plays him as intelligent, but heís unable to see the hopelessness of his own situation and how, once theyíve taken Phillips, thereís absolutely no way their situation wonít have a violent outcome.

For director Paul Greengrass, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS plays as an intriguing hybrid of his commercial BOURNE actioners and his more independent endeavors, such as the great UNITED 93 and BLOODY SUNDAY. This film works on both levels, ultimately delivering stirring entertainment thatís one of his strongest films to date.

THE EXTRAS
The extras are thoughtful if scant, with Greengrass contribution a commentary track , while the rest of the features mainly consist of a three part documentary called Capturing Captain Phillips. Thereís also DVD and Ultra-Violet version of the film included in the bundle.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you missed CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in theaters, clearly picking up the Blu-ray is a no-brainer, as itís one of the finest films of the year. Even if you have seen it, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS holds up tremendously well through repeat viewings, and while the disc is a tad light on extras, the audio/video presentation is superb.
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11:11AM on 02/04/2014

A well-deserved nominee for best actor"

Unfortunately, the award where he was nominated was the Golden Globes and not the Oscars.
Unfortunately, the award where he was nominated was the Golden Globes and not the Oscars.
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4:16PM on 02/05/2014
Exactly. I got thumbed down for pointing that out. Idiots.
Exactly. I got thumbed down for pointing that out. Idiots.
10:18AM on 02/04/2014

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Hmm, did you even watch the movie Chris? Philipps motives in the movie were more of that protecting his crew, for, ultimately, he knew in the end that it was going to come down to simply a ransome and the ship being taken to Somalia, especially with them knowing it was an American ship. They never wanted the cargo,, not afterwards anyhow. I like reading reviews and then seeing what the reviewers don't see.
Hmm, did you even watch the movie Chris? Philipps motives in the movie were more of that protecting his crew, for, ultimately, he knew in the end that it was going to come down to simply a ransome and the ship being taken to Somalia, especially with them knowing it was an American ship. They never wanted the cargo,, not afterwards anyhow. I like reading reviews and then seeing what the reviewers don't see.
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9:18AM on 02/04/2014

Considering the date this review was released,

Its not referring to any previous award shows. Hanks is not a nominee for Best actor Oscar.
Its not referring to any previous award shows. Hanks is not a nominee for Best actor Oscar.
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3:24AM on 02/04/2014
Capturing Captain Phillips is a good making-of documentary but I was disappointed that it skipped over the behind the scenes stuff involving the SEAL Team rescue. You do get to learn a good bit about Barkhad Abdi and the other actors playing the pirates though. I love when he says "I can't believe I'm doing this with the Forrest Gump guy!" I'm happy for that dude.
Capturing Captain Phillips is a good making-of documentary but I was disappointed that it skipped over the behind the scenes stuff involving the SEAL Team rescue. You do get to learn a good bit about Barkhad Abdi and the other actors playing the pirates though. I love when he says "I can't believe I'm doing this with the Forrest Gump guy!" I'm happy for that dude.
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2:57AM on 02/04/2014
Picked this one up last weekend. Just a great movie.
Picked this one up last weekend. Just a great movie.
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