Captain Phillips is the amazing true story about an American cargo ship taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009.
This story is truly remarkable and if you don't know how it ends, you've got to see it. The film makers did a good job of taking the audience through the harrowing ordeal of the first US cargo ship to be hijacked since the 19th century. It was fascinating to see this story unfold from both sides of the story. It's not a fast paced film, but there's a lot of tension throughout the story and the conclusion is unforgettable.
Tom Hanks captured the essence of a cargo ship captain from the get go and was great throughout the entire movie. That is, until the end, when suddenly he works his magic and captures the moment in such a real way that it's tough to believe he's acting. That scene alone makes the movie worth a watch and if you see this film, you'll know exactly what I'm referring to. He'll probably get some attention come Oscar time, big surprise.
The supporting cast did a very good job as well. Michael Chermus (The Bourne Legacy) plays Captain Phillips' chief mate. I loved how he seemed so natural and low key, I had to check to see if he was an actor or if they used real crew members.
The most notable supporting role goes to Barkhad Abdi, who made his debut as the lead pirate. He did a great job of emitting the right emotions for every scene. He commanded the screen with his genuinely perfect look for the role. He was terrific in the purest sense of the word.
With great performances and an unbelievable true story with an unforgettable conclusion, I definitely recommend this film. It's pretty long with a 134 min run time and it dragged a little, but it's a very good drama and for nothing more than another masterful performance by Tom Hanks, it's worth a watch.
My grade for this film: A-
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