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Captain Phillips

More cool thrills from the military-entertainment complex, with Tom Hanks as the real-life captain of the American shipping vessel hijacked by Somali pirates and rescued by the U.S. Navy in April 2009. Director Paul Greengrass has no peer as a movie dramatist of real-life crises (United 93, Bloody Sunday), and his story, adapted from a memoir by Richard Phillips, is eminently dramatic. Unfortunately, this Oscar bait from Columbia Pictures pursues drama to the exclusion of all else; it’s a curiously well-scrubbed account of modern-day piracy, lacking in political, economic, or even military nuance, and focusing instead on Phillips as a human-interest story (read: white audience-identification figure). As such, it pales in comparison to Tobias Lindholm's white-knuckle Danish drama A Hijacking or even Thymaya Payne's documentary Stolen Seas, two recent explorations of Somali crime on the high seas.



  • Paul Greengrass


  • Tom Hanks
  • Catherine Keener
  • Barkhad Abdi
  • Barkhad Abdirahman
  • Faysal Ahmed
  • Mahat Ali
  • Michael Chernus
  • Corey Johnson
  • Max Martini
  • Chris Mulkey
  • Yul Vazquez
  • David Warshofsky
  • Omar Berdouni
  • Mohamed Ali
  • Issak Samatar


  • Scott Rudin
  • Dana Brunetti
  • Michael De Luca
  • Gregory Goodman
  • Eli Bush
  • Kevin Spacey

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