Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus
The coast of Somalia has earned a reputation of being littered with pirates who often take unarmed merchant vessels hostage along with all of its cargo. MV Maersk Alabama, captained by Richard Phillips (Hanks) is scheduled to start its journey from Oman and head towards Kenya. Abduwali (Abdi) is a pirate leader who decides to make the Alabama his target for that day. Along with his companions, Adnan (Abdirahman), Nour (Ahmed) and Walid (Ali) they manage to get on board the Maersk Alabama and take the ship hostage. Not finding enough money or valuable goods on the ship, the pirates decide to take Captain Phillips hostage with them back to Somalia and negotiate a ransom with the US Government. The movie is based on a true life incident that took place in 2009. This is a kind of movie where one knows what the outcome is probably going to be and hence watching the means to the known end is what the audience is curious to know. Thankfully, the events do not seem to be too over-dramatised and seem realistic enough to accept. The core cast of Tom Hanks and the Somali pirates have put on an exceptional performance solely on the basis of which the movie is extremely enjoyable to watch. A phenomenal example of how good acting has made an average story movie this exciting and fun to watch.
Thumbs up: Acting of all principal actors
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