This is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
You can tell a movie is engrossing when it is over two hours in length and the passing of time means nothing to the viewer. I was literally on the edge of my seat for much of the last half of the film. And the ending? Wow! Intense. I needed someone to tell me to breathe. The power of this film wasn’t diminished in the least by what I knew about the real life events.
Another takeaway was renewed thanksgiving for those men and women in our armed services. Without them, this true story probably would have ended so differently.
Tom Hanks has pretty much guaranteed himself an Oscar nomination come January 16, 2014. And I won’t be surprised if he takes home the statue come March. His portrayal of the captain is convincing, much of it done with his eyes alone.
Barkhad Abdi, the young Somalian who plays Muse (he came with his family to America at the age of 14), was driving as a chauffeur when he got this part. He had no acting experience prior to this movie. I totally believed him in the role of lead pirate. He could well get a nomination too.
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