How is it possible to know the ending of a based-on-a-true-story film and still be holding on to the arms of your chair for dear life? Each intake of breath is hard fought for in this perilous story of Somalian pirates capturing of an American cargo ship whose mission was to bring food to Africans. What makes this different from other thrillers is that both you and Captain Phillips end up having genuine sympathy for the pirates. Tom Hanks brings his special humanity and dignity to the role. Barkhard Abdi brings the fiery desperation of a clever, heroic, young man without hope of ever being anything but a slave to his boss and to poverty in Somalia. The intersection of these two captains leads to an iconic film that will stay in the collective memory for a long time to come.