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The irony of the entire incident was that the US Navy ship, the USS Bainbridge, had a historic connection with pirates in that the ship is named for the Commander of the only ship lost to pirates in the Barbary Wars. William Bainbridge and his crews were captured by the Barbary pirates and spent 19 months in the hands of the Pasha of Tripoli. For the USS Bainbridge this was pay back for that incident. See more »
In a nighttime shot, you can clearly see "Alexander Maersk" painted on the side of the vessel. Nine weeks were spent filming aboard the Alexander Maersk, a container ship identical to the Maersk Alabama. See more »
What a stunning film - the imminent threat of deadly violence tempered with the tragic circumstances that drive people to such desperate actions made for a very human story.
If Hanks is nominated for an Oscar for this, then Barkhad Abdi deserves a nomination too, because their scenes together were electric - never once did Abdi appear the junior party, every bit Hank's equal as two cunning foes trying to outfox one another.
The best lines in the film were perhaps when Phillips beseeched of Muse: "Surely there's something other than fishing and kidnapping people you could do?"
To which Muse replied, sombrely: "In America, maybe".
It's a must see, the best film I've seen this year.
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