How do you think you would protect yourself and your crew when attacked by pirates? I’m sure this is the very question that ran across Captain Phillips’ mind when this very event took place aboard Maersk Alabama in April 2009 and make it the first American cargo ship to be hijacked by pirates in two hundred years.
Loosely based on the book. “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by ship Captain Richard Phillips, this nail-biting drama chronicles the five days in which the ship is hijacked and days spent by the Somali pirates trying to get back to their native land with American Captain Phillips as a hostage.
Even though I knew going into the theater that this was a true life account and my reaction to the events as a viewer would not change the outcome, I found myself hopelessly wishing for a positive outcome. Side note: the Navy Seals that saved Captain Phillips are the same ones that took out Osama Bin Laden.
Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips does it yet again. He gives a performance that is so riveting you forget you are watching a film and fell ike a fly on the wall watching this whole scenario play out. Most often with these types of films we never see the aftermath of the rescue attempt from the victim’s point of view. That scene alone is worth the price of admission alone.
I have to give a huge shoutout to the casting of Francine Maisler, who did a spot on job with this film as she does with all of her projects. all of the men cast as Somalian pirates are outstanding, but it is Barkhad Abdi as Muse and Barkhad Abdiraman as Bill that will break our heart and leave your veins as cold as ice-water all at the same time. I am confident that they will be recognized by the Academy for their stellar work.
Go see this film and you will be in for the roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Produced by Sony Entertainment, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is in theaters now.