"Captain Phillips" is remarkably gripping from start to finish, fully intensified with unparalleled and powerful acting. Tom Hanks leads the way with an award-winning performance, from his calm and cool demeanor at the start to the anxious-filled hostage crisis to his surprising panic induced hysteria towards the end, that not only shows his versatility as an actor but more importantly makes this film extremely and undeniably believable and grounded even for a biopic.

Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is the captain of the American container ship MV Maersk Alabama. On a routine trip along the Horn of Africa in April 2009, his ship is hijacked off the coast of Somalia by a small crew of Somali pirates led by Muse (Barkhad Abdi). At first, Muse takes control of the ship but when the majority of the crew turns the tables on the Somalis, Muse and the other pirates are forced to let the hijacked ship go. The Maersk Alabama crew's plan fails though as Captain Phillips finds himself taken hostage by Muse and endures a long and grueling ordeal on a tiny lifeboat.

At 134 minutes long, you could easily assume that "Captain Phillips" would get to your nerves at one point; and honestly it does at one point. But there's a reason for this, "Captain Phillips" is not a biopic with the usual Hollywood flare. You know, where it's usually obvious that things were changed to make things "more cinematic". The film, in fact, is grounded. Grounded to make things more realistic and more believable and don't expect any silver lining in the end. Speaking of the end, it was worth the wait. Tom Hanks' acting was magical all throughout the film but the end scene is a whole new level. That scene encapsulates what we truly loved about "Captain Phillips" - of it being unconventionally beautiful.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- gripping from start to finish
- Tom Hanks gives one hell of a performance

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some may feel the film is a little too long and a little too slow

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