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Paul Greengrass, 2013

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No wonder Paul Bourne Greengrass snapped up the film rights: Captain Richard Phillips’ searing account of how Somali pirates captured his container ship in 2009 had all the makings of a classic thriller. Greengrass brings a carefully calibrated tension, avoiding any easy sensationalism.

Hanks’s Phillips is a study in panic control, somehow betraying his frantic lines of thought only to the viewer, while the Somalian actors – especially Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi – convey a potent mix of fear, confusion and ruthlessness. Nailbiting.

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