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Captain Phillips [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2013]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1189 out of 1209)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with director Paul Greengrass
    • Capturing Captain Phillips - In-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the acclaimed film

    Synopsis


    Captain Phillips
    Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks teams with Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray to tell the true story of Richard Phillips, a U.S. cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed. Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillips' team follow his orders to hide until they hear him give the safe word, the captain and a few essential crew members remain on the bridge as the heavily armed pirates make their way up to seize control of the ship. But the interlopers soon discover something that sends them into a furious rage: After effectively shutting down the ship, Phillips explains that the Maersk had malfunctioned when the crew pushed it too hard in an attempt to evade the attackers. In order to appease their leader, the ruthless Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips offers them the $30,000 that's been locked in the ship safe. But that isn't enough, and Muse demands that Phillips help him search every corner of the ship to root out the terrified crew. When that plan fails, the pirates agree to take the cash from the safe and flee in the Maersk's lifeboat. At the last minute, however, they kidnap Phillips in the hope of supplementing their take with a sizable ransom -- a decision that leads to a tense standoff with the U.S. Navy, who would sooner see the lifeboat sunk with Phillips inside than allow it to reach Somalia. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Captain Richard Phillips
    • Barkhad Abdi
      Barkhad Abdi - Muse
    • Catherine Keener
      Catherine Keener - Andrea Phillips
    • Michael Chernus
      Michael Chernus - Shane Murphy
    • Corey Johnson
      Corey Johnson - Ken Quinn



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1209 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

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      segeld
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      I was deeply impressed by this film! Paul Greengrass signed here a genuine masterpiece. This is one of those films which will never age and will still be a darn good viewing once we are all long gone. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. This film tells a true story, about the fateful meeting which took place in 2009 between a huge American container ship "Maersk Alabama" and a bunch of Somali pirates. Two main characters are captain Phillips (Tom Hanks), the skipper of "Maersk Alabama" and Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi), the leader of the pirates. The film sticks very closely to the real facts, therefore I will not say anything more about the story, in order to avoid spoilers. Exactly like in the earlier and equally formidable "United 93" Paul Greengrass managed to reproduce the feeling of reality of those events and keep the story close to the facts when in the same time adding all the necessary ingredients of an action thriller. The pace of the film is fast and nervous, the tension incredible, the characters interesting and even if the real issue of the whole situation is known in advance, we still let take ourselves for the ride - and it is a GREAT one! Tom Hanks is of course very good in this film, but the real performance is that of young and inexperienced Somali-American actors, beginning with Barkhad Abdi, for whom it was the first contact with show business ever. Paul Greengrass directed them with incredible skill, because you would swear that they are all Hollywood veterans. The pirates in this film seem to be a quite truthful image of real Somali sea bandits. They are clearly bad and very dangerous people but in the same time they are also kind of pathetic - especially when they try to boast... This film shows very well, that some poor, in fact destitute people (they clearly don't eat three meals every day) for whom it is natural to feel some sympathy, can also be evil - very evil... Of course, they will also always find justification for the evil they do - when in the same time there are countless thousands of equally miserable people who soldier on honestly through life and don't commit crimes... This narration of a real story mixing a genuine sea adventure with elements of action film and some social drama is an IMPRESSIVE achievement. I loved every minute of it and I recommend it with enthusiasm. A must for all amateurs of good cinema.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A truly powerful movie

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      Evan
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      I really underestimated this movie. I was not inclined to rent it, but I'm glad I did. The acting was superb; Hanks definitely gave an Oscar worthy performance, and the pirate captain was very convincing in his mixed emotions as things didn't go as planned. The script was riveting, leaving me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Apparently, some of those who gave the movie only one star due to their perception of a ridiculous premise -- an unarmed crew with the captain shooting flares at the pirates -- don't realize the movie was based on actual events, that this was how the captain tried to defend his ship. I also liked the fact that the piracy of an impoverished nation stemmed largely from the fact that fishing conglomerates had wiped out the fishing industry of Somalia, an important reminder of the damage our industries often impose on the economies of other countries. Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely, a truly worthy movie in terms of thought provoking as well as edge-of-your seat excitement in my opinion.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A fun, interesting look at real events

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      YoyoThree
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      This movie is loosely based off that Somalian pirate business from a few years back. It gets the gist of it right, while of course, exaggerating some events and ditching others. But you're not really watching this for total, documentary accuracy are you? You want to know if it's a enthralling, Tom Hanks at his best, feature worth buying on Blu-ray, yes? Well... It is. It looks great on Blu-ray, and Tom Hanks puts in a great performance (as always). Which is not to sell the other actors short either. Everyone puts in a lot of work, and it shows. This includes director Greengrass, whose previous Bourne films made him the perfect choice for a high-stakes, high-tension thriller like this. As for the quality of the Blu-ray transfer... It's good. The colors are much more vibrant, and everything appears a lot sharper than on the DVD. But that's what you should expect anyway. It comes with the DVD and a digital copy, which are nice bonuses. So if you're a fan of Paul Greengrass or Tom Hanks, definitely give it a look.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A truly powerful movie

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      l3nn0n
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      I really underestimated this movie. I was not inclined to rent it, but I'm glad I did. The acting was superb; Hanks definitely gave an Oscar worthy performance, and the pirate captain was very convincing in his mixed emotions as things didn't go as planned. The script was riveting, leaving me at the edge of my seat the entire time. Apparently, some of those who gave the movie only one star due to their perception of a ridiculous premise -- an unarmed crew with the captain shooting flares at the pirates -- don't realize the movie was based on actual events, that this was how the captain tried to defend his ship. I also liked the fact that the piracy of an impoverished nation stemmed largely from the fact that fishing conglomerates had wiped out the fishing industry of Somalia, an important reminder of the damage our industries often impose on the economies of other countries. Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely, a truly worthy movie in terms of thought provoking as well as edge-of-your seat excitement in my opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great acting.

      Posted
      lapdog
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      Was a great movie. But, whereas best buy usually has good prices, I found this movie to be cheaper at two other stores the same week. Best buy did price match, but it still requires me to research price, bring in the ad, and then they have to call the other store to make sure they have the same product in stock. I think Best buy should just competitively price to begin with. I frequently buy things elsewhere just to save the hassle of the price match. I have been buying movies long enough to know what their price will be on the initial offering week. I would think Best buy knows this also. The reason I went through the hassle this time was that I had a reward coupon to use. I would always choose Best buy first though if the price was the same, so that I could get reward points.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great artwork; lacking two-disc holder

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      moviebuff8
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      I love Steelbooks. I will always shop at Best Buy as long as they continue releasing Steelbooks (Harry Potter series, please?). I loved the artwork selected for this new Captain Phillips Steelbook combo pack. Typically, a Steelbook combo pack includes enough holders within the case for each separate disc. However, in this instance, both the Blu-ray and DVD were placed in the only holder available. This caused the top disc (DVD) to become dislodged and rattle around inside the case. Normally, this isn't a problem, but I was disappointed that there wasn't a second holder for the second disc.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very interesting

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      epicmovies
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      I saw this movie as small glimpse into a country without a government, where the young are exploited by those with power for self gain. These kids were forced out into the Golf of Aden to commit piracy. They committed themselves into overtaking a vessel from a power greater than those they served; the United States of America. I can't think of any greater scene to present this than when the young Somlian came face to face with the U.S. Military from the little boat he used to leave the vessel. It was great to see the crew of the vessel overcome and survive the ordeal, particularly Captain Phillips (the heat and cigarette smoking in that little boat would have made me go crazy), while at the same time an unfortunate event for the young Somolians.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Suspenseful story based on actual events

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      TexasLady
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      The story brings to light the plight facing individuals in other countries that seek a better life. However the taking of life for the want of others financial gain is against civil law and creates unrest on the waterways of this world. Tom Hanks and his crew do an outstanding portrayal of what it is like to work on the open seas. The crew seeking ransom for the captian meet with the fate of their own desire for others. This is a great story to use in the classroom to gauge the psychological heartbeat of those who seek to destroy others for their own gain...It is filled with adventure, suspense, and great compassion for the crew and captain-who are on a mission of mercy to feed hungry people in the same region of the pirates.

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