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4 Reasons Why Captain Phillips Is One of the Year’s Best Thrillers…

... and one reason why it’s leftist propaganda.

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John Boot

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October 11, 2013 - 9:00 am
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With the true-life maritime thriller Captain Phillips Tom Hanks has his best movie since Catch Me If You Can 11 years ago. Here are the reasons it works so well — and the reason its leftist politics cause it to fall into a trap while reaching for social significance.

1. Paul Greengrass.

The director of the second and third Bourne movies and United 93 is perhaps the reigning master of tense, absorbing, completely credible you-are-there cinema.

Captain Phillips is very much in that vein of breathless suspense. Vermonter Captain Richard Phillips was piloting the Merchant Marine vessel the Maersk Alabama off the Gulf of Aden when Somali pirates using simple skiffs were lurking in the waters looking for a lone ship they could pick off and hold for millions in ransom. Phillips himself endured a five-day ordeal, harrowingly depicted with Greengrass’s trademark quasi-documentary style.

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You don't know many captains, do you?

Let me tell you some back story. I never sailed with Phillips, but sailed with guys that did.

The Chief Engineer, when it was imminent that the vessel was going to be seized, killed the engine, killed the generators, and shut off the lights.

They deliberately did not silence the alarms and flashers that result when you o these things, and then the rest of the crew retired to the steering gear room, which they had " hardened".

In the unlikely event that these wretched barefoot beggars had managed to start the gennies and the engine and silenced the alarms and done everything necessary to get the ship under way, they would not have found themselves heading for Somalia, but rather most likely Diego Garcia...where the Limeys would have hanged them,(at least in the days when HM's Government used EFFECTIVE anti piracy policies).

You don't REALLY think that that cute little wheel on the bridge actually steers the ship, do you? Ships can be steered with wee little solenoids, called "trick switches", from almost anywhere you wish to run a circuit.

There was no reason at all for Phillips to remain on the bridge.
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Uh, gang....

Here it is 4 years after the seizure of the Maersk Alabama...and we seamen are STILL disarmed by government fiat.

We are not ALLOWED the firearms to credibly defend our ships...our HOMES...with.

A few lousy 12 gauge pump shotguns and a darkened deck....and keep the a$$hole lawyers from us after the fact...and soon there would be no more pirate attacks because there would be no more pirates.
26 weeks ago
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As you're reading, you keep thinking "why didn't he do this", or "why didn't he do that". He says he's a fan of John Wayne, but he certainly doesn't show any blood-thirsty willingness to take it to the pirates. He's a very understanding hostage. And, note that both the captain and the company are currently being sued because they were within 200-some miles of the Somali coast, when they had been warned to be 600 miles out. Finally, he spends a *lot* of time talking about Obama, how grateful he is to That Person rescuing him, and how wonderful it was that (1) Obama called him personally on the telephone *and* (2) invited him to the White House. It's my own personal belief that anyone who believes Obama is wonderful is not a rocket scientist, regardless of how many licensing exams they may have passed (see also over-educated PhD types).
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26 weeks ago
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According to a story in the New York Post, the crew members say that practically the entire movie script is an elaborate lie. They are suing the ship line for many millions of dollars and are accusing the Captain of deliberately placing them in danger.
26 weeks ago
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The recent interview with some of the actual crewmen tells a completely different story and Phillips was certainly no hero. He was told by his company to go no closer than 600 miles from the coast and he disobeyed that order. He was shown a chart of all the recent pirating boardings including the location and time by his crew but ignored it. He actually ran a fire drill during and attack by the first set of pirates that were unsuccessful. They said the man is despised by all who sail under him. Oh wait! This is Hollywood so we do not expect any truth in the whole movie.
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Interesting article about the "Captain Phillips" debacle posted on the NY Post. The movie is mostly a piece of fabrication, apparently. He reminds me of the B-52 pilot that crashed in 1994 in Washington state. A walking accident (or maybe planned accident) waiting to happen. Rogue Blue is the book about the pilot.
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I wouldn't have watched the movie anyway, but now that it's come out that the whole story of heroics is an abject lie I'm beginning to dislike even hearing about the movie.
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Roger that Bilgeman II.
Have been a merchie for 11 years now. When I first got into the outfit, our standing orders, if attacked, were to lock ourselves into our staterooms! Enough people complained using the logic that they'd rather fight and defend the ship (why give up the HUGE advantage knowing their ship?) rather than having our families watch our heads being cut off on an endless loop on Al-Jazeera. Over time, even the most anti-violent people began to see the wisdom of this strategy. For those who still hold to the same anti-violence policies, they should know that it is OUR a$$ on the line out there. Better to be tried and convicted of defending the ship by 12 landlubbers than taken hostage by scum like that.
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Frankly, I'm curious, Popeye.

What sort of regulations require any ship to have a well-paid all-Yanqui crew. I thought the usual worldwide practice was to use abysmally-paid and ill-treated Filipino/Javan/Bangaladeshi crew (the "lascars" of old) and Ukranian/Eastern European officers?
25 weeks ago
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I don't know if you've ever had the experience of feeling like the Ultimate Tool,( standing piracy watch at midnight...unpaid overtime... in the Phillips Channel with nothing more than a fire-hose), as I have, but to my personal mind, once the master of the vessel loses command of the vessel, then he has abrogated his authority over me as my Captain and his "orders" are thereby mooted....just so much chin-music from some clown with a license to skipper a boat....but no longer having a boat to skipper.

In that case....he can jump over the side AFAIC, and until the next in line steps up to take command and keep it, I'm a free agent.

As you know, when you sign the Articles, you belong to the vessel....not necessarily the man temporarily entrusted to command it.

If you asked the Maersk Alabamans, they'd probably tell you that they were more than content to let Phillips sail away in the lifeboat with his new buddies.

Chops are due to the Chief Engineer and the Chief Mate for stepping up and keeping the lads playing in the Marching Band when the Drum Major took his personal detour.
26 weeks ago
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The whole long-running Somali pirate saga is funny in a bitter way. For years the shipping companies tried to ignore the problem, paying ransoms and ignoring the deaths of third-world seamen, while the Great and Good wrung their hands over the fine points of "international law" and proclaimed their helplessness.

From what I've read this whole multi-gazillion dollar multi-national naval deployment is an ineffective farce for the most part.

Only recently, when the cost has become too painful to ignore are the shippers doing the obvious and placing armed guards on ships. It's all too obvious that even a single halfway-decent marksman with a halfway decent rifle could easily pot the crew of an approaching skiff. How expensive is that?
25 weeks ago
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I figure that the captain has practical and demonstrable professional knowledge in a certain area that most people do not attempt to learn due to the amount to be learned or they do not like the job however well it pays.

His knowledge base is still more respectable than some who has a degree in Womens Studies or Queer Studies.

I'll agree that outside of navigation and seamanship he is a dim bulb.

200 miles out? I would think that he would never work again. Who would hire him?
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From the articles I've read in that vein it sounded like the formal standing orders were to stay 600 miles away from the Somali coast but that the wink-wink policy was that Maersk would look the other way if a captain shaved a few days off the course. So long as he got away with it.
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saw the movie and as entertainment, based on recent history, it had me on the edge of my seat while knowing the outcome. That is good story telling.

As to the movie, there are several plot holes, toward the end that while distracting, didn't dominate, so that is a good thing for a movie.

And Hanks played the role, that can and will justify the academy wanting to honor him.
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