Monday, February 03, 2014
On Friday night, Sharon and I watched Captain Phillips on the AppleTV. We are trying to knock out as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the Academy Awards show at the end of February. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Barkhad Abdi.
The movie was inspired by the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean. It is based on the 2010 book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips.
I enjoyed the movie and recommend it. Reading about the actual event, it appears that both Captain Phillip's book and the movie take some liberties with what actually happened.