Recommended by Lindsey Alexander
I’m not a big Tom Hanks fan (save for his performance in Forrest Gump) but he plays a blinder in ‘Captain Phillips’.
The film recounts the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Although they have security systems in place, the crew can do nothing to stop modern-day pirates, thirsty for cash and desperate to make the war lords back home happy.
The film is gripping and really captures the tension and desperation felt by all.
Captain Phillips knows from the outset that the safety of the ship’s crew and cargo is his responsibility but despite doing what he can to try to reason with the pirates it’s no use.
His call for help also seems to have gone unheeded and he ends up being cast adrift in the lifeboat with the Somalis.
He knows that unless US forces come to the rescue his time is running out and he’ll either die at sea or be killed if they reach Somalia.