We all like to imagine that if we ever found ourselves in a crisis situation, we’d be able to stay cool and keep a level head. But even if we managed to do so, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the tides would turn in our favor. The story of <I>Captain Phillips</I> is one of genuine courage, and it’s executed with an attention to detail that holds us rapt with tension from the moment those first ominous blips appear on the radar.<P><P>
Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillip...