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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Captain Phillips

Spoiler alert.

Although....When a movie is based on someone's real life experiences, and the person whose story is portrayed makes the rounds of talk shows to promote the movie, you kind of know how the movie is going to end...

The Maersk Alabama was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.  The ship's captain, Richard Phillips, was taken hostage when the pirates fled the ship in a lifeboat, and was rescued by the US Navy.

The movie, starring Tom Hanks, is a dramatization of Captain Phillips' story.  It is a tense, neat drama.  It pulls you in and holds your attention to the very end.  It doesn't portray Phillips as a superhero, but rather, as a man who rose to the occasion when confronted with a threat to the safety of his crew. 

The last scenes of the movie -- where he writes the letter to his family, and where, after he is rescued and brought to the medical facility he is visibly in shock and emotional -- show Phillips as a real person reacting to extraordinary circumstances.

Tom Hanks is a fine actor, and he never disappoints. 

Definitely worth seeing.

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