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CAPTAIN PHILIPS (2013)

captain phillips

A film by Paul Greengrass. 

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman . 

The film is based on the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse.

I remember this on the news and it took 5 days to contain the situation. Thank god it ended up a happy ending on this one because captain Philips said most of the time it does not end well and people some end up dead. It organized crime in the waters at it best. Here is Tom hanks in an unusual film again but this time it is a boat who is being hijacked and the audience does not mind flowing him into those situations like the ones in Apollo 13 , Saving Private Ryan, and Casting away. In this film he plays a captain who’s  merchant boat is being attack. Somalia ids infested with pirates who will do anything to hijacked a merchant boat, I guess the money is good if you can get one. they don’t succeed , but the next day it is jack pot. Phillips acts as the mediator between his crew and the hijacker. He tells his crew to hide in the engine room and disable the boat very quickly. The story is told in 2 half, the hijacker hijacking the boat and then they get off the boat into a life boat. Captain Philips wanted them off the boat so no harm were to come to his crew that was hitting in the engine room. In this film the butt headed Philips with a AK 47 and plunge the life boat into the water. But Philips explain that he had to go with them because they did know how to pilot the boat , he had to show them how. 5 days of hell followed after that. The navy tried to negotiate but no go. So they went with as I call it with plan B. Greengrass didn’t shoot this on stage or in a tank. He rented a ship that is the sister of the ship that Philips, he went at sea and film the movie there. All the scenes were done on the boat, even the scene on the life boat were difficult to shoot because space in restricted. A $55 million budget film who make  $235 millon. Unfortunately it is happening every day boat are getting hijack and it does not end well.

captain philips

captain philiips

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