By DAVID WEINER
January 22, 2014
Tom Hanks takes on the frightening, true-life tale of the cargo ship captain who went toe-to-to with modern-day Somali pirates in this film by Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass. Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, whose US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama was overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Quick to defend his ship from the machine-gun wielding attackers, his ship was nonetheless boarded and he had to face life-and-death decisions in protecting his crew and cargo.