I had heard about this hijacking and wanted to see this movie based on the true story. I have to say; the second half of the movie is nerve-racking. I’m a big fan of Tom Hanks, he’s a great actor. The last scene where Captain Phillips is being examined by doctors, after the ordeal is over, is very emotional. Hanks does a fantastic job of depicting the shaken commanding officer freed of the stress and fear of losing his life during the standoff. A very emotional movie moment.


Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. The two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’s unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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