From the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips
The true story of a ship’s captain who was captured by Somali pirates in 2009.
Spider Jerusalem and I wanted to see this in the movie theater, but it just didn’t happen. So on movie night, it was his turn to supply dinner and the movie. His choice: KFC and this. Awesome decisions, both of them.
This was very good. Hanks is a wonderful storyteller, and his movies are always worth seeing.
This was no exception. Although there is still a lawsuit outstanding (his crew members are suing the company that owns the shipping line, saying that Phillips was too close to the Somalian border and that there had been warnings from US maritime saying to stay at least 600 miles away) the facts of the case as presented in the movie are pretty accurate; Phillips’ side is more prominent than the crew members’, but with Tom Hanks playing him, and having the movie taken from Phillips’ book, you’ve got to expect that.
This is another one movie where they want you to be on the edge of your seat…except you know that the main character is going to survive, duh, he wrote a book about it. So there is excitement, and seeing it all play out is very good and full of explodo, but there is no doubt that he will make it through.
Truthfully, the actual best part of the movie, in my opinion, was the five minutes after Phillips is rescued, and he is brought onto the Navy ship and taken to medical where a doctor is checking him out…and you see EVERYTHING on his face: fear, relief, reaction, stress, PTSD, pain, you name it. The man is an amazing actor, and this is the five minutes in the movie where he gets to shine.
Aside from that, it’s a good movie, and barring the fact that Hanks really does kind of resemble Richard Phillips, pretty much anyone could have done a good job with it…but that last five minutes is pure Tom Hanks brilliance, and makes the whole movie better.