For a film that wrings such expertly orchestrated tension from real life events, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS turns out to be surprisingly unmemorable. In adapting the widely publicised hijacking of an American container ship in 2009 by Somali pirates, Paul Greengrass proves once again that he can do suspense standing on his head, with one hand tied behind his back. But his familiar documentary-style approach fails to add any sort of depth to the characters in this story. The games of cat and mouse between the US crew and the Somali pirates are absorbing, even exciting; but the characters remain frustratingly one dimensional. Only Tom Hanks, in his reliable everyman mode, provides an emotional point of connection.
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