Valdosta Daily Times


October 19, 2013

Saluting ‘Captain Phillips’


“Captain Phillips” (Drama/ Biography: 2 hours, 14 minutes)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, and Faysal Ahmed
Director: Paul Greengrass
Rated: PG-13 (Sustained intense sequences, violence with bloody images, and substance use)
Movie Review: “Captain Phillips” is a straight-forward, but rewarding, story about the courageous acts and rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, played by two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. Somali pirates, led by Muse (Abdi), seize Phillips’ vessel, the Maersk Alabama. Phillips quickly becomes a reluctant negotiator, as he must protect his crew while keeping himself safe.
Based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Phillips and Stephan Talty, this true story is of the 2009 hijacking of Maersk Alabama. The last time the United States had to worry about pirates of this caliber, President Thomas Jefferson was in office. Two-hundred years later, the Maersk Alabama is boarded by pirates and Phillips must become an unlikely survivor of Somali brutality. 
This is straight-forward plot written by scripter Billy Ray and directed by Greengrass. It merely tells a story as a good biographical motion picture should. It leads to an ending that is just as intense, despite one’s knowledge of how it will end. 
 The film works thanks to the good performances of three cast members. Hanks, Abdi and Abdirahman are superb. The latter men are actually Somali living in Minnesota. They along with Hanks, make this film a gratifying drama. Hanks deserves another Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Phillips during the last 10 minutes alone. The performance is topnotch. Hanks proves he is one of moviedom’s best continuously.
Solid material presented in this script proves the best stories are those based on life. “Captain Phillips” is an intense film that is worthy of audience’s attention.

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