- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 21, 2014
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary with director Paul Greengrass
- Capturing Captain Phillips - In-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the acclaimed film
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 09/12/2013
"[A] knockout movie, one of the year's best....And Hanks, showing how trauma eats at the soul, hits a new career peak."
A.V. Club - 10/10/2013
"CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is riveting....[Greengrass] excels at pressure-cooker scenarios."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10/2013
"CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is one of the best movies of the year, and it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Tom Hanks doesn't earn a Best Actor nod for his best work since CASTAWAY."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/10/2013
"Greengrass keeps you off balance -- he's a jittery poet of reality....[A] suspensefully spiky thriller based on a shattering incident..." -- Grade: B+
Washington Post - 10/11/2013
4 stars out of 4 -- "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a taut, superbly crafted maritime thriller, anchored by a superb performance by Tom Hanks."
New York Times - 10/11/2013
"CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy."
Total Film - 10/13/2013
"Greengrass ratchets up the stakes, juxtaposing the lifeboat's claustrophobic innards with the hi-tech command centres of the behemoths tasked with retrieving it....[A] gripping maritime thriller."
Empire - 10/11/2013
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatization of a real-life ordeal."
Film Comment - 10/09/2013
"Greengrass is scrupulous about making us confident that we're watching a reconstruction of known events in a known order. His actualism is nothing if not immersive..."
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.