Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:47

Pain and piracy Captain Phillips'

Film features gripping narrative, powerful performances

Movies based on real people and/or events are a tricky thing. Staying true to the subject matter is important, but it may not always be as important as advancing the narrative. Finding the proper blend of fact and fiction is difficult that's why 'based on a true story' and 'inspired by a true story' are two different things.

'Captain Phillips,' directed by Paul Greengrass (perhaps best known for 'Flight 93' and his work on the 'Bourne' franchise) from a screenplay by Billy Ray ('The Hunger Games') based on Richard Phillips's book 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,' spends most of its two hour-plus runtime walking that tightrope beautifully.

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