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Bettie's Box Office: Captain Phillips Review

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 02:20 PM CDT

Can Hollywood do a movie about real-life, modern-day pirates without going overboard? The answer is yes in Captain Phillips.

The actual story is incredible in its own right. In 2009, an American cargo ship was seized by four Somali pirates and its captain was kidnapped and taken in one of the ship's lifeboats. The situation came to a dramatic end on the high seas, making news worldwide. Tom Hanks, a multiple Academy Award winner, plays the title character opposite of first-time ever actor Barkhad Abdi as Muse, his Somali captor. The movie centers on their relationship as they manipulate each other's sense of honor and responsibility.

Hanks plays Phillips just right: brave but not necessarily heroic. It's the kind of performance we expect from him. The real story is the casting of the four Somali pirates, all non-actors who were living in a small Somali community in Minneapolis. Their performances are every bit as gripping as Hanks'.

The script gives us insight into the motives of the Somali pirates, but doesn't make them sympathetic characters. There is a growing tension throughout the movie and even though you may know how it's going to end, you'll remain in white-knuckled suspense

Captain Phillips is easily worth the full ticket price. It's rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and substance use. Captain Phillips opens Friday, October 11.

Bettie's Box Office: Captain Phillips Review

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