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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Los Angeles (AFP) – “Forrest Gump” and “Castaway” star Tom Hanks again plays an everyday guy thrust into exceptional circumstances in “Captain Phillips,” a true story of a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.

Directed in hyper-realistic style by British director Paul Greengrass — whose “United 93” reconstructed a 9/11 hijacking drama — the movie looks like a contender possibly for multiple Oscar nominations.

The film, based on “A Captain’s Duty,” the autobiography by the real Captain Richard Phillips, tells the story of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, attacked off the coast of Somalia by pirates in 2009, the first American ship to be hijacked in 200 years.

After their bid to take the entire crew hostage fails, the pirates instead kidnap only the captain, taking him off into a sealed lifeboat.

The story, which played out in real-time in April 2009, ends with the heroic captain being saved by U.S. Navy SEALS, and three of the four pirates killed. The other was arrested and brought to justice in the United States.

Greengrass, using his trademark documentary style, treats the story as a thriller, focusing on the tension between Captain Phillips and the pirate leader Muse (played by Barkhad Abdi).

“What moments of crisis do is create a ballet of tension building up. You have to capture that ratcheting up, as accurately as you can,” the Briton said ahead of the film’s U.S. release this Friday.

“If you can do it, you can get something that’s underneath that, which is common humanity and compassion,” he added.

The director, who also made two of the blockbuster “Bourne” movies, prevented the actors playing the four pirates from meeting those playing the crew before the assault scenes were filmed, to increase tension.

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  • fanofthefounders

    I’m very glad that President Obama approved the rescue of Capt. Phillips from the Somali pirates in 2009…

    …but what made the Benghazi Four so unworthy of saving, that he ordered any rescue attempt to stand down, and then literally went to bed, knowing that while he slept in safety, they and all the others could be murdered?

    Just the same, I’m thankful that he was there every step of the way for Capt. Phillips; in the Situation Room, where he never was during Benghazi. Saving Capt. Phillips showed the world that America would go to great lengths to protect even only one of
    their own, but then his shameful non-action in Benghazi, where we had dozens of our countrymen in harms way, let friend and foe alike know, especially those who are in service to our country, that Barack Obama won’t ‘have their back’ when the chips are down. After the shameless lies that he and Hillary Clinton repeatedly told to cover up their dereliction of duty, it’s clear that the only ‘back’ he cares about covering is his own.

    I think it is most fitting that, unwittingly, his closest friends in Hollywood, who have glossed over his radical record almost as much as his many boot licking followers
    in the news media have, will do more with this movie, ‘Captain Phillips’, to focus the uninformed public on comparing and contrasting a righteous rescue of a brave American, with how he ‘rolled’ when he flipped off other brave Americans who were
    unfortunate enough to be serving in a situation where it was not in his best interest to save them.

    Many thanks to Tom Hanks and company, who, as their movie grows in popularity, will help give voice to those four brave, murdered Americans who Mr. Obama would not even lift a finger to help. May the truth win out and Mr. Obama gets what he deserves, and then, maybe the dead can finally rest in peace.