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Captain Phillips feels like a taut and well-structured thriller, says GEOFFREY EU

Published Thu, Nov 14, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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THE discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots comes into stunning focus in Captain Phillips, an intense and frantic thriller about the hijacking of an American-owned cargo ship by Somali pirates that puts the viewer uncomfortably close to the action on the screen.

The movie is based on A Captain's Duty, a book about the incident by the real Capt Phillips. It's written by Billy Ray and helmed by Paul Greengrass, a director who never met a confined space or close-up he didn't like. He did it with plenty of panache in a couple …

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