Captain Phillips

Director: Paul Greengrass, Main Cast: Tom HanksBarkhad AbdiBarkhad AbdirahmanMichael Chernus

Based on the true story of the first hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009, this film is compelling and engrossing. We see both sides going about their seemingly ordinary everyday life up until they are set on a colliding route. Tom Hanks is very convincing, as always, as the titular captain  and Barkhad Abdi, the Somali ringleader, delivers also a strong performance. The film keeps you on the edge of your seat with a very effective script and editing. A different tale for the Christmas holidays. —8/10

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