captain-phillips-international-posterCaptain Phillips
(Oct. 11, 2013; Columbia Pictures)

Summary: 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.

Oscar Prospects: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Runner Up: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score

Long Shots: Best Visual Effects


Status: The screening at Toronto let us know that the film is good. Some even stated it was excellent. Then some stated it was by the book. With proper promotion and box-office “Captain Phillips” can go far. Tom Hanks looking like a strong candidate along with a run at the technical Oscar categories.

Projected MetaCritic: 69

The Players

Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Billy Ray
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Production Designer: Paul Kirby
Editor: Christopher Rouse
Original Music: Henry Jackman