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Captain Phillips

Rated PG-13 133 minutes 2013

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.

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Director: Paul Greengrass

Producer: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Gregory Goodman, Eli Bush and Kevin Spacey

Cast: 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 and Issak Samatar


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