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Captain Phillips Rating: 3.87/5

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict (CNN IBN)

there’s an unmistakable sense of urgency that runs through every frame of Captain Phillips. A harrowing account of the 2009 storming of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, this live wire, time bomb of a film grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go till the end.Greengrass, who brought an unlikely cocktail of kinetic action and real feeling to the second and third films in the Bourne trilogy, strips this story bare in a way that he’s able to say something important about the unfair world we live in. He gives Captain Phillips the depth required to be more than just a story of heroism and bravery. I’m going with four out of five. It’s brutal, edge-of-the-seat filmmaking that you cannot afford to miss.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:The Front Row ( Star World)

Captain Phillips is a harrowing experience. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Philips, the captain of a cargo ship, which was hijacked by Somali pirates. Captain Phillips isn’t easy entertainment but it is a film that will force you to think. It’s also a visceral experience that shouldn’t be missed. I’m going with four stars.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff

Shot in tight spaces and suffocating close-ups, Captain Phillips attempts to be a thriller more than a docudrama. The other reason that prevents the film from entering the thriller category is that it seems to be more about a clash of two ways of life, in Muse and Phillips, than about the rescue operation itself.Nevertheless, Captain Phillips makes for an interesting watch – if you can survive the constant hammering of the background score. Just fast enough to keep you gripped, Captain Phillips is good entertainment that, thankfully, has its brain intact.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

Captain Phillips is based on a true story. Tom Hanks plays the title role of the captain whose cargo ship is hijacked by Somalian pirates. Captain Phillips is going through an email about sea piracy and his ship stands hijacked. All this happens in the first fifteen minutes and in no time, you are a part of the hostage drama. As the story unfolds, you are going to be on the edge of your seat right till the last scene.

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Ratings:– Review By: Nandini Ramnath Site:Livemint

Based on the real-life account of a Somali pirate attack in 2009, Captain Phillips begins in a routine way and concludes in a Best Actor Oscar bid, but the opening and climax bookend an often heart-stopping battle of wills between a ship cargo crew and four daredevil pirates. Although there are moments of release across the near relentless 134-minute cat- and-mice game, Captain Phillips actually works best when Greengrass keeps his finger on the trigger. Hanks’ everyman-in-a-crisis turn is effective and on expected lines but is eclipsed by Abdi’s tragedy, which stands in for an entire nation gutted by colonialism, poverty and civil war.

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  1. Hey just now I saw this movie…nice movie..U never feel a single boring scene…..Nice thriller

    A nail-biting thriller with lead’s towering performance as cherry on the top! [4/5]

    Cinema creates drama. Drama that drives you to cry when a couple in love gets separated, to laugh at someone’s idiotic misery, to amaze with the power of imagination, to get transported in to a world full of dreams or to be in situation that is just a recreation of a real life event but carries same share of intensity and anxiety characters might have experienced it in real.

    Based on a true story, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS by notable filmmaker Paul Greengrass [the man behind ‘Bourne’ movies] throws you in a ‘pressure cooker’ situation where every passing minute escalates the tension in same manner the crew of American Cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama could feel, when Somali pirates invade to hijack.

    With an implicit fear of the same, the cool-calm-composed but aging Captain Rich Phillips [played by the enormously gifted Tom Hanks] starts his sailing but soon in the middle of a mock-drill session, smells the alarming possibility of getting hijacked by pirates. Sadly, he fails to stop them from getting on board but never lets go the string of hope and courage for even an iota of a second, to come out of this misery of his lifetime.

    10-12 minutes in the film and you know what is going to happen next but the way Greengrass unfolds the story with an intimidating sense of ‘what is coming after’ and the smartly edited intercuts between the ship and the pirate-group, you would always find yourself on edge of the seat with nails between your teeth. The camerawork effectively roams around for shaky close-up shots to give the narration an anxious-panicky-edgy feel and does a brilliant job while capturing the hijacking event. Though in the second part, film falls into being restricted & repetitive with the location of the story getting narrowed to one small life-boat, the anxiety-angst & intensity never go for the toss.

    As other but very prominent strength of the film, the casting and the performances excite you the most. Barkhad Abdi as the gruesome-ghastly leader of the pirate-group plays mostly an underdog in the first part. With his regulated look, you actually never recall his first appearance in the film but later when he arises as the spearhead of the group, he shocks you with his performance. So does Mr. Tom Hanks, his calculated act as a captain determined to save and safe his crew is remarkable. Watch him in the last act where he is rescued by the armed forces and is now dealing with the trauma he’s been in. A performance that deserves appreciation!

    CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is easily the year’s one of the best thrillers coming from Hollywood. It’s a well-directed, intensely acted, smartly written inspiring tale of survival that keep you engaged and involved for the most part. A must-watch! [4/5]

  3. Vinay – AVP Soft Eng here from Oracle.

    Looks like Gaurav has already explained enough, but here is my opinion as well.

    Am actually very choosy when it comes to watching films. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS was highly recommended by many so i watched at PVR and been a great movie experience. Excellent performance and delivery. One can learn how to handle pressure and manage leadership even in the most critical moments. Tom Hanks is an great actor. This is a true event inspired film. Rating wise, I will go for 4.2/5

    This movie could have been more better if they could have shown how the new crew was assembled as it was new team under CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. It is always a challenge to manage new teams than the ones already you are working with. After my B school i have been working with various world wide teams with each having different profiles and engaging them deliver world class products. I find new teams on board very challenging to manage than the old ones. Getting them to speed and deliver with cultural fit in. Of course, that's a corporate angle to see.

    Life on cargo ships or any marine job is never easy. Risk of hijacking is always there. You could see a life with an different angle and appreciate it.

    I did learn few things from this film and 2 hrs or more thrilling experience. Thanks readers. Wish you all a very Happy Diwali.

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