Captain Phillips: Killing Skinny Somali Pirates On Principle

Captain Phillips movie poster.I watched Captain Phillips (Wikipedia/IMDB) on a pirated DVD (菲利普斯船长) purchased for 12 RMB. I haven’t seen it on a Chinese streaming service or video site so far.

The film is based on the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo container ship, the Maersk Alabama, by Somali pirates who subsequently took Captain Richard Phillips hostage, played by Tom Hanks here. Eventually, US military forces save the day in impressive fashion, but the movie is as much about Captain Phillips’ own efforts to keep his crew safe, his experience being held captive, and essentially why it sucks to be a Somali.

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