You wait years for a film about a Somali pirate hijacking, and then two come out in the same year – what are the odds?
In contrast to A Hijacking, the Danish movie which spends a lot of time with the negotiation procedure in an office in Copenhagen, Captain Phillips puts the viewer right there on the ship with the crew, something at which director Paul Greengrass excels.
The film comments obliquely on the relationships between developed vs less-developed economies (and could even have been more heavy-handed about it, I feel), and the motivation/desperation of the Somalis is not left to the imagination.
It’s claustrophobic, tense and engaging, but it is the final scene which elevates the film from good to very good, thanks to an incredible turn from Tom Hanks.
Would not want to see it again, though.