‘Captain Phillips’ Review: Taut Suspense, Iffy Racial Politics, Unfussy Tom Hanks

The best docu-dramas have a gift for taking a story we think we know and showing us the many layers that we don’t. So while you may remember the news story from a few years ago, the one where Navy SEALs snipers took out three Somali pirates who were holding an American boat captain hostage, screenwriter Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “The Hunger Games”) and director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Identity”) put us right in the thick of the action in “Captain Phillips.”

Based on Richard Phillips and Stephen Talty’s memoir “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea,” this movie evokes the terror of Phillips’ captivity with the kind of immersive storytelling for which Greengrass has become known. But while the filmmakers capture their hero through both words and deeds, they fail to paint as vivid a portrait of their villains. Read More...



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