Capt. Phillips

Posted on October 13, 2013


Capt. Phillips – Based on the true story of a ship attacked by Somalian pirates.  It begins with the tedium of preparing for take-off then quickly picks up  when pirates are spotted speeding toward them.  Capt. Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crew fend them off for a while but the skinny pirates, led by Muse (Barkhad Abdi), are determined to board, take hostages and demand $10 million in ransom.  Sometimes it seems to be a contest of egos between Phillips and Muse. 

Muse is not really a bad guy, he just feels his only choice to earn money is through piracy.  The three other pirates, Bilal, Najee and Elmi, are equally skinny and depend on khat chewing for their bravery.  Bilal, especially, goes into a wild and crazy mode and tries to usurp Muse’s position.

Although I wasn’t completely wowed by the movie, there are a few intense moments and Hanks gives his usual performance.  I thought he was best at the end when he realizes he’s safe and starts to cry.  If I were giving awards, I’d give one to Muse first.  I’d also feed him.  It’s a long movie, too.