Captain Phillips (2013)

logoDirector: Paul Greengrass

Writer: Billy Ray (Screenplay) Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty (Book)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M Ali, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Corey Johnson


Plot: The incredible story of Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his cargo ship which gets hijacked by Somalian pirates led by Muse (Abdi). What follows is Captain Phillips trying to keep the pirates calm and his crew safe on a ship in the middle of the ocean.


Verdict: Brilliant thriller

Story: Knowing this is a true story many of Hollywood’s great would struggle to think of a story this exciting. The story shows both sides of the story from the Somalia’s being forced into the pirate life style to Captain Phillips saying goodbye to his wife before the trip. The story tries to cut out most action and replace it all with suspense giving us time to really connect with both hero and villains to level where we sympathise with both sides. (10/10)


Actor Review: Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips the hard but fair Captain of a cargo ship who puts his own life before his whole crew. It has been a while since Hanks put in a truly top class performance and this time we get to see one. Star Performance Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Barkhad Abdi – Muse the leader of the pirates who keeps everything calm and down to business while controlling his team including a hot head who wants to shot first and ask questions later. Stunning debut performance giving him an Oscar nomination. Debut Performance Award (10/10)


Director Review: Paul Greengrass – We know Paul can direct brilliant films this will get added to his very impressive list of films. (10/10)


Thriller: From the moment the Pirates and Captain’s ship see each other you will be on the edge of your seat. (10/10)

Believability: Based on a true story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: With the cargo ship to lifeboat the settings are very limited to add to the tension being created through the film. (10/10)

Suggestion: I would say watch this, it is a film that will keep you at the edge of your seat from start to finish and even if you do know the outcome you just have to see how it unfolds. (Watch)


Best Part: Tension throughout.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final showdown builds up tension before the final action.

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Six Oscars

Chances of Sequel: No


Overall: A thriller that is a must watch

Rating 93


  1. Good post 🙂 glad you rated this one so high, it was my favourite of 2013! Such a surprisingly good watch, and a thriller than was so powerful! 5/5 film for sure.

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