MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Captain Phillips’

Tom Hanks plays the skipper of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama that was hijacked in 2009 off the coast of Somalia. Knowing the bookends to this piracy incident on the high-seas beforehand–how it started and dramatically ended–I didn’t quite expect this movie to keep my rapt attention like it did.

Hanks’ true costars in this flick aren’t so much US Navy SEALs but rather a well-cast group of actors portraying the terrorists and his crewmembers. The backdrop of the Maersk Alabama completely befuddles the bad guys and gets them off their game in a way not seen since Bruce Willis‘ character in ‘Die Hard’ eye-poked terrorists throughout the Nakatomi building in 1988.

Easily Tom Hanks‘ best performance since ‘Cast Away’. Drop anchor and go see it. Remember, they’re not here to fish.

Grade: B+

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Captain Phillips

Rated PG-13, Running Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes

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