The eagerly anticipated new Tom Hanks movie, “Captain Phillips,” opens in theaters this weekend and the early reviews are consistently good.
It was directed by Paul Greengrass, the British filmmaker who drew praise for his second and third installments in the “Bourne” franchise.
“Kinetic action and intelligence are similarly the driving forces in ‘Captain Phillips,’ which, like Greengrass’s Bourne movies, shakes you up first with its style and then with its ideas,” reads a review by The New York Times.
The story is based on true events that unfolded in early April 2009, when four armed Somalis seized the Maersk Alabama, an American container ship under the command of Richard Phillips.
The ship, with an unarmed crew of just 20 sailors, was hauling 17 tons of cargo in hundreds of containers, including 5 tons of food from the United Nations World Food Program designated for African countries.