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Captain Philips on DVD

Updated on July 7, 2014

This is more than just another good Tom Hanks movie - Captain Philips is a great Tom Hanks movie.

Directed by Paul Greengrass, Captain Philips tells the remarkable true life story of a cargo ships captain whose ship and crew were faced with capture by Somali pirates as they traveled around the African Horn.

For me, the stars of this movie are: Tom Hanks - playing Captain Philips and Barkhad Abdi who takes the part of Muse

After directing his crew in an attempt to keep the pirates at arms length, they eventually succumb to the pressure and the pirates board the cargo ship. Captain Philips then attempts to protect his crew and calm his captors from a fate that all crew travelling through this region of Africa must fear.

I am not going to give away too much of the plot line or the conclusion as you will surely want to experience this for yourself. The film itself is lengthy at 2 hours and 14 minutes. However, it doesn't feel long as the story moves at pace and with suspense at every turn. No special effects overload here - the story is realistically portrayed to the point where I felt like was aboard the ship myself at times. and the movie doesn't need any help from overblown graphical or computerized images.

Newcomer Barkhad Abdi who plays the Somali pirate leader (Muse) is totally believable and at times has you torn between seeing him as a ruthless pirate and seeing the helplessness that has brought him to this. His portrayal helps greatly in drawing you into the story and the intensity of the situation that they all face.

An excellent movie - extremely thought provoking and well worth viewing.

A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

For those who can't wait to find out more about this remarkable true life adventure - you can read the story.


Captain Richard Phillips:

Listen up, we have been boarded by armed pirates. If they find you, remember, you know this ship, they don't. Stick together and we'll be alright. Good luck.


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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We watched this movie last weekend and I was astounded that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I was totally drawn into the story and, even though I knew how the real-life drama ended, I was mesmerized until the last moment wondering if ... well, I don't want to spoil anything for those who don't know the ending. Excellent movie. Highly recommended by this I'm-not-really-a-movie-person person.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: it is an excellent film

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Sounds like a must-see! Great review!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: You are welcome.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Thank you for the recommendation.