Showing posts with label captain philip. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips



Millions were glued to their television in April 2009 after four Somali pirates hijacked an American Maersk Alabama Cargo ship. Captain Richard Phillips wrote a book about his and his crew's experience of being at the mercy of such savage men.

This true story has been made into a movie and will be in theatres October 11, 2013.  Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) was a very brave man who protected his crew at all cost. The Somalis---Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Addirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed), Elmi (Mahet M.Ali). 

This was the first time in 200 years anyone has hijacked a cargo ship. And this ship was on its way to Mombasa, Kenya. However, in April 2009 it was the 6th vessel in a 7 day time frame to be hijacked---the previous vessels had tens of millions extorted from them for the Somali pirate's pockets.
                                      

This cargo ship was carrying 17 Metric tons of cargo and had aboard 20 American crew members. I will always remember what a courageous and protective man Captain Phillips was that April 2009.

And I remember my favorite military unit the SEALS rescued Captain Phillips after killing three Somali pirates who held him captive for days.
The Somali pirates have not stopped hijacking vessels---in 2010 alone the number was 53 vessels and also 30 million dollars more in the pirate's pockets. And the only reason it has decreased any at all---is because vessels traveling through the area are--- well armed.

I cannot wait to see this movie---for two reasons---it is a true story and Tom Hanks is playing in it---he never plays in a movie that is not great.

Mark your calendar for the premiere of Captain Phillips.


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