A Nautical Triumph: Captain Phillips

You probably remember hearing about it in the news: back in 2009, the U.S. container ship, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked and its crew held captive by a group of pirates 145 miles off the coast of Somalia.

“Captain Phillips” is the newly released and highly anticipated film that examines this heroic tale from both sides of this first pirate attack in years.

The film stars Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips and breakout star Barkhad Abdi as Muse, the leader of the Somali pirates, both give heartfelt and realistic performances showing just how much times are changing and how the world we once knew is vastly different than the one we’re living in today.

This drama-filled portrayal brings to life the series of events we’ve heard so much about, and now we are getting an inside look at everything from Phillips’ communication with his family and crew, as well as events taking place here at home with the decision to send in Navy SEALs to complete the rescue mission.

Overall, it was an enjoyable film; I had high expectations and director Paul Greengrass definitely delivered. Packed with action and suspense, this film is a must-see and will have you on the edge of your seat, even if you know the eventual outcome beforehand. But it will surprisingly leave you sympathizing with both sides in this stressful standoff.

The film is rated rated PG-13 and since its release on Oct. 11, it has grossed $52.4 million at the box office.

So far, both critics and audiences agree it’s a must-see. I give it four out of five stars and recommend seeing it now on the big screen instead of waiting for the DVD.

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