Captain Philips (Film at The Cut)

I wrote the title in my notebook, but didn’t look down again. Suspense amazing. Brilliant retelling of the true story of Captain Philips’ and his container cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. The machinations of the ship, it’s engine room and corridors. An inspiring Captain, holding all together until right at the end when he became resigned to die, writing a letter to his family. His visceral shock at the end after the shoot out by American rescuers, killing the pirates. Kit, with her different world view, had sympathy for the pirates. Their different, oh so different view of hardship life and ease of death and fear of war lords, an anathema to me. What shone through was Captain Philips, an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. And he went back to sea.

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