"CAPTAIN PHILLIPS" from Sony Pictures opens Fri., Oct. 11, 2013.
STARRING: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener.
DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass ("Bourne Trilogy", "Bloody Sunday", "United93").
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
It seems there is at least as much intrigue in this film as in "Pirates of the Caribbean". Very shortly after Captain Richard Phillips published his memoirs entitled "A Captain's Duty" in 2010, the book was proclaimed a work of fiction by the crew of the Maersk Alabama. While the captain painted himself as a hero, the crew insists he disregarded common anti-piracy practices and bungled a rescue attempt by several of the engineers before the U.S. Navy reached them. Most interesting, especially in light of the continuing conspiracy theory surrounding the Kennedy assassination. It's always fun to find out that things are usually not the way they are presented.
Mike Evans, KQRS-FM morning show Hollywood reporter, gives the film 3.5 stars, saying that Tom Hanks is once again excellent in a challenging role. That's almost a given even if he's not your favorite actor. Evans is usually right on in his assessment so that's cool.
The fun fact to emerge from this is that four of the Somali actors prominent in this film are from Minneapolis and/or the Twin Cities area. They are: Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysel Ahmed and Mahat M. Aali, chosen from nearly 700 participants at a casting call in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. It's always good to see hard work pay off for local talent.