Based on the true story told by Captain Richard Phillips in his book describing the hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates in 2009, this film, starring Tom Hanks (giving possibly his most outstanding portrayal ever!) is so exciting, but so painful to watch that I almost walked out, because I could barely stand the violence and the suspense! However, I kept my seat because I had to find out how he was going to be rescued. (By the Navy Seals: Hooray!!! I felt like standing up and cheering!!!!)
It was worth the sticking it out to the end, just to see the amazing performance Hanks offers, especially after his rescue, of a man so shattered from the horrors he has endured, that he can't even speak. It is trite to say his performance is "Oscar worthy", because that doesn't even begin to offer the accolades his work deserves! Catherine Keener, always excellent plays his wife. Billy Ray wrote the Screenplay; Directed by Paul Greengrass Fantastic film, but not for the faint of heart.