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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the 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 (two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, Best Actor, 1993, Philadelphia; Best Actor, 1994, Forrest Gump), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. The two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
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Quotable quote uttered by Chris Mulkey as crewman John Cronan as Captain Phillips describes the situation concerning pirates, "I'm union..." Implying it wasn't his job... kind of sums up the state of the nation.
That the lead bad guy (actor Barkhad Abdi) is up of an Academy Award seems to reflect what the movie/story actually rises to.
Put a few pirates into an enclosed fiberglass lifeboat with Hanks (as Captain Phillips) attempting to survive while being sort of in the dark, and that is the premise of the true storyline. Oh, and then the calvary comes in the guise of the whole might of the US Navy. No wonder the lead bad guy finds a way off of that lifeboat without getting killed in the process.
Perhaps that is why he is up for the award?
One of the "bad guys" screamed so much and so loud and so high-pitched that I almost turned it off. Instead, I had to turn down the volume frequently to keep my ears functional.
Saying more would probably be a spoiler... but I wanted more about the Seal Team aspect.
Bravo for Hanks, as he was tremendous, especially near the end!