Rebel Hero: A Captain’s Tale

5 Nov
Phillips with wife,Andrea, meeting Pres. Obama (May 2009)

Phillips and wife, Andrea, meet Pres. Obama (May 2009)

Is Captain Richard Phillips an intrepid and courageous American, as proclaimed by President Obama in 2009? Or is he a reckless and irresponsible mariner, as many of his crew allege?  And, can these questions be addressed by looking at his early life?

When I called Mrs. Virginia Phillips at her home in Florida earlier this year, she was tentative, but soon warmed up to talking about her son.  Captain Phillips is back in the spotlight because renowned thespian Tom Hanks produced and starred in the title role of the movie, Captain Phillips.  As you may already know, Phillips captained the MV Maersk Alabama when it was overtaken by pirates on April 8th, 2009 in the Gulf of Aden.  Using cunning and ingenuity, the captain and his crew took back their ship.  Phillips was captured and held on a lifeboat anchored a hundred yards from his mothership.  A stand-off ensued; and when he attempted to escape, the pirates almost fatally shot him.  Through incredible perseverance, he survived until he was rescued by the U.S. Navy on day five of his ordeal.  Richard Phillips became a hero.  President Obama echoed this sentiment, “I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew…His courage is a model for all.”

Tom Hanks as Richard Phillips in "Captain Phillips (2013)

Tom Hanks as Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips” (2013)

Mrs. Phillips enthusiastically described the movie as “a high adventure,” but it has its share of controversy.  First is the lack of recognition for the Navy commander of the rescue team:  A double minority, Michelle Howard would be a compelling heroine in any story, but was ignored in both Phillips’ memoir and the movie.  The larger dispute has to do with nine crew members’ contention that Phillips exposed them to danger, which he vehemently denies.  According to their lawsuit against his employer, Maersk Line and Waterman Steamship Corp, Phillips deliberately ignored several pirate warnings.  NJ Newsday informs us the suit charges that, as Maersk and Waterman’s agent, Phillips was negligent: They “’had begged Phillips not to go so close,’ ‘He told them he wouldn’t let pirates scare him or force him to sail away from the coast’.”  In a statement to ABC News, crewman Sagba asserts that at only 240 miles out, instead of the recommended 600 miles, “Phillips did not follow orders, the ship was attacked and he was responsible.”  Indeed, Chief Engineer Mike Perry says, “He’s not a hero — he’s a villain.”

Phillips’ mother dismissed these accusations against her son as pure “jealousy and greed.” However, she deferred praise for having raised a hero, saying it was all his father’s influence: “Rich emulated his father.  James was strong, intense and believed in hard work.” Yet in A Captain’s Duty, Richard extols his mom as “the proverbial glue that kept the family together…she kept the family balanced.”  I asked Virginia what life was like in their house on Wilson Street in Winchester, MA.  She painted a picture of a modest household with shared chores and a strict father.  “He was tough on the kids,” she said ruefully, “but that was just the way it was back then.”  Richard himself remembers his father as a person who “didn’t smother you with affection.”  He jokes that living with James was “like growing up with Vince Lombardi in a bad mood.”

Rich Phillips yearbook (1973)

Rich Phillips Winchester High School yearbook (1973)

The Phillipses had eight children, divided equally by gender. Both taught; she, grade school, and he the local high school Rich attended — Business and Math while coaching basketball and football.  Rich, an indifferent student, “[lurked] at the bottom of the class.”  But the family’s codes of hard work and education were etched into the children from early on.  Fights between the boys were resolved by their father, while Rich turned to his mom when he needed help with a problem or a warm hug.  She taught them to love reading; his father taught them to “Do it right, do it once or not do it at all.”  Though his father never coached him, sports were “the biggest thing” to him growing up.  He gave up football to play the saxophone, (his mom proudly confirms he still plays) because he resented the discipline required.  In spite of this, Phillips attributes sports to how he turned out, “I learned about life, about leaders and followers, by playing sports.  Hell, I learned everything by playing sports.”  Fiercely competitive, he and his brothers were always challenging each other. “I wanted to beat them at games just as much as they wanted to beat me.  You competed among your friends, your street competed against the next street, and your school lived or died by who won the game.”

Captain Richard Phillips (April 2010)

Captain Richard Phillips (April 2010)

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Irish neighborhoods in Boston had a reputation for teenage brawling, where boys (especially) were constantly challenged to be rough and tough.  Richard and his brothers were no exception.  Their mom recalls an easy, independent infant, who “did his own thing in his own laidback way;” growing into an adventurous, strong-minded teen.  Accordingly, Richard admits he was something of a rambunctious wise-guy, prone to rebellion.  Most evenings ended with him and his friends in fights or being thrown out of bars for carousing.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA

Richard’s boisterous lifestyle resulted in his dropping out of college.  He spent a few months driving a cab until two chance encounters with merchant marines, plus a recommendation from his brother, Michael, propelled him toward the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He describes “a year of constant hazing” in an institution where discipline and regimentation were required at all times.  Richard remembers “It’s a true blue military school, where they broke you down before they build you into a merchant marine.”  Of the 350 entrants who started with Phillips, only 180 men graduated.  He succeeded because, “I was tough, I was a hard worker, and I knew how to learn.” Mrs. Phillips concedes that he came into his own at the MMA.  He was ready – for life as an adult, and for life on the high seas.

Family After Rescue (Virginia Phillips at far left) April 2009

Family After Rescue (Virginia Phillips at far left) April 2009

Before she signed off, I asked Mrs. Phillips how she coped during his capture:  She told me all she had were her faith, prayers and her belief that if anyone could emerge from this, it would be Rich.  It was her confidence in her son’s character and training that kept her hopeful.  According to The Guardian, she was “…sure it’s going to be OK. I know my son. He’s a survivor.”  He himself said in his book’s introduction:  “I should have told the pirates:  I’m too stubborn to die that easily. You’re going to have to try harder.”  Satisfied that she’d shared just enough with me, Mrs. Phillips had a smile in her voice as she said goodbye.

Alas, I was left with still more questions than answers.  My conversations with Mrs. Phillips were shorter than my usual interviews, so I have drawn much of my material from Captain Phillip’s memoir; which confirmed Mrs. Phillips anecdotal musings, but also illuminates a more complicated persona. Flouting authority appears to be an innate part of Richard’s personality:  He “was known for being someone who didn’t back down from a fight;” and seems to think “The need to wander [as a mariner] and the need to rebel go hand in hand.”   In the book, Phillips come across as oft time confrontational, always pig-headed, inherently defiant, intensely competitive:  Similarly, crew members separately describe him as arrogantnegligentstubborn and difficult.

MV Maersk Alabama

MV Maersk Alabama (April 2009)

It may be that Phillip’s primary learning environments helped to produce the Captain Phillips these sailors describe:  We know his dad never verbalized his love for him; we know he grew up in a neighborhood that spurs competitiveness; and we know his coming of age involved uncompromising militaristic training.  Could these factors, coupled with an already intense personality, have sharpened his caustic independence to a perversely dangerous point?  Many could argue that such dysfunctional conditions precipitated Phillips’ fateful pirate encounter.

On the other hand, one could also make a strong case that these very same circumstances fostered a hard worker with determination, leadership skills, a strong personality, self-confidence, and fearlessness. These, too, are all qualities for which Richard is known — he is “meticulous and highly competent,” as The New York Times learned.  One does not, after all, become captain of a 17,000-ton cargo ship without having proved one’s mettle. Shashank Bengali of Mcclatchy Newspapers reported at the time, “Phillips wasn’t the easiest man to work for; “He’s in charge, and he wants you to know he’s in charge,” said Ken Quinn, a crew member. His weekly, taskmaster-style drills, however, probably saved them all.”

Personally, it is hard not to see Captain Phillips as a hero. He did survive five harrowing days as a captive.  And it was under his shrewd command that the crew reclaimed the Alabama.  (This is probably the only such successful case in modern history.)  Things could have ended tragically different had Phillips not exercised his take-charge, fight-back attitude.  What do you think?  Is Captain Phillips a hero or a villain?  And how do you think his upbringing figures into this?

108 Responses to “Rebel Hero: A Captain’s Tale”

  1. Meryl Bovard November 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    This post is truly brilliant. Captain Phillips is a complex person, just like the rest of us – part heroine/hero and partly ignorant of the unconscious forces that drive our/ his decision making. I appreciate the research that you did for this post. Your writing drew me in, and leaves me with much to reflect on.

  2. whatstheformulablog November 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Meryl, your response to this post is exactly what I’d hoped for — a story like this does make you think – should we subject our boys to a harsher upbringing? But, will they all turn out strong and resourceful like Phillips? Or bullied and cowed? Or bullies and thugs?

  3. Brittany November 21, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Captain Phillips is an amazing individual, I don’t believe he is a hero though, I believe that he chose not to show fear. Yes he was brave for what he has done, but I don’t Believe in hero’s so I wouldn’t consider him to be one… but he was a brave man

    • whatstheformulablog November 21, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Dear Brittany, thanks for your comment. He is indeed a courageous man.

  4. Anique Turner November 26, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Captain Phillips to me is somewhat of a hero. the title spoke for its self; Rebel Hero. normally peoples perspective of a hero is this perfect person and this shows that “everyday” people can do courageous things.

    • whatstheformulablog November 26, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Anique! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your interest in this subject. Please come again.

  5. Roshanna Robertson November 26, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    This film shows a tale of conflict between two captains who refuse to give in to each other. It is also a very realistic film based on the characters. I haven’t seem the film but from reading this blog it relates to everyday life. Therefore, what make Captain Phillip a great film is the focus of the tale and the emotional touch it contains.

  6. Ariel Gonzalez November 26, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Captin phillps is a great person and hero and recoginized for all he has done. He is an amazing hero people can look up to no matter what. It shows that people everyday can do outstanding things to better a generation and future.

    • whatstheformulablog November 26, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Dear Ariel, you’re right – everyday people can be heroes when faced with adversity.

  7. Shanara Stephenson November 26, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I enjoyed Captain Phillips as an individual.He took risks regardless of how anyone thought.

  8. shavana walters November 26, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    The article that was writing about Captain Richard Philips was not what I think it will be but it was ok. I did not know that the movie was base off a real life story. Learning what he went through and hearing him talk about how he feels at the time and how everyone felt made me feel sorry that they had to go through all that.

  9. christopher mora November 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Captain philips is a strong minded person and although he seemed a bit stubborn and/or mean sometmies having such a tough attitude can help out a situation. he stood his ground and knew where he had his mind set so i can appcrictate the way he was.

    • whatstheformulablog November 26, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Dear Christoper, you’re right — sometimes being stubborn and hard can work in your favor when you’re faced with opposition. Thanks for your comment.

  10. janae November 26, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    It seems to be an interesting to watch. It may have a little conterviosal however I would go see it

  11. Dwayne Cole November 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    Captain Phillips should be looked at as an inspiration to all people . He went above and beyond, i hope i’m looked at like that one day.

    • whatstheformulablog December 1, 2013 at 12:08 am #

      Hi Dwayne, thanks so much for your comment. You’re right, he is an inspiration! Good luck in your future endeavors.

  12. Ana December 4, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I agree with Christopher Mora because even though Phillips was a mean and stubborn person, he is a strong minded person.. I cant wait to see the film all over again. I loved it. I will recommend the films for my friends and family to see. Thank you very much!

  13. Doraimis Savigne December 4, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Captain Phillips to me is somewhat of a hero good .It is a good and interesting story .

  14. Diana December 4, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Captain Phillips is an amazing hero, he took risks regardless of how anyone thought.
    Makes him a person to be looked at as an inspiration.

    • whatstheformulablog December 4, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Diana, so great to hear you’re inspired by the good Captain! Thanks for reading!

  15. W/ December 4, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    This film should definitely be considered as a must-watch list for all.

  16. Diemo Sakho December 4, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Captain Phillips is a brilliant person; he was fearless for what he has done, but I Believe that he was an inspiring person. I would consider him to be amazing hero and a brave man.

    • whatstheformulablog December 4, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Diemo, I’m so glad this piece resonated with you. Thanks for your comment.

  17. sonivette rivera December 4, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    love it ! thanks guys !

  18. Kiara December 4, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Captain Phillips risked his life to save others which is an outstanding deed to do. We don’t have many heroes out in this world and he is clearly a hero. He had the courage to go above and beyond for others. He is definitely an inspiration.

    • whatstheformulablog December 4, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Kiara, nice observations. Thanks for stopping by, please come again!

  19. Sheyna Crespo December 4, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Captain Phillips is truly brilliant and extremely brave. He sacrificed his life to save his workers. things could’ve ended tragically, but because of Captain Phillips commands and his routine practices he was able to overcome such a horrific event. Captain Phillips should be looked as a hero and should be greatly respected.

  20. Angely Bosques December 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    really detailed analysis and super interesting -Angely

  21. Saran Doumbouya December 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    .This seems like a very interesting movie to watch. from the looks of this article , it informs people that you should always take a chance no matter what no thinks or says.

  22. jennifer B December 4, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I think the Philips are a good role model for people. he did more than what any person would do to get what he wanted and to get where he wants to be.

  23. Jeff Michael December 4, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I think Captain Phillips should not be only awarded but recognize as of the courageous person who has put his life in danger by making the right thing and decision.. You don`t find this type of person with such a good heart and belief anymore… so I salute him…

  24. jessy December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I agree with Jennifer because he did do things to make him self and his life better. I think he’s a hero.

  25. Jarred December 5, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I did some reading on the movie and the story as I found it to be intriguing. so responding to the blog I find the information to be the same as what I researched as well. I think the movie should have shown the roles other characters played in saving the ship and captain Phillips. Many crew members on the ship can not protest the events of the movie because they signed gag orders to not dispute the authenticity of the movie, but after seeing the movie and based on my research I feel that some of the crew have a right to have their story told as well

  26. Sade S. December 5, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    The blog consist of current issues, and discusses frequently topics in the media. The article about the movie is an prime example of how the blog, stays up to date. I would most likely visit the blog site on my own, because its very detailed

  27. Koki December 5, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I have never watched this movie, but I knew this story is very famous. Also, I knew that the movie influenced on to many people. After I read the article, I agreed with the writer. I also think that Captain Phillips is such a great hero. Sounds like he had a big heart and courage to confronted with pirates. In addition, the crew said that the captain was stubborn person that might help his work. Anyway, I like the article that focused on the his wife interview. I think that she was thinking uneasiness things while Phillips was captured. However, she was thinking very positive during he was captured. Usually, it is very hard to think.

  28. Stephen Gordon December 5, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Captain Philips is a brave man,he remained calmed cool and collected even though he was docile and hostile environment. He is truly looked on as a hero in my eyes and should also be looked upon by others as well.

  29. Tifany Cortes December 5, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I think Captain Phillips is a hero. He is a very headstrong, confident, and strong man who doesn’t let anyone or anything get in his way for what he wants.I think people should view him as a hero because he survived a terrible ordeal and saved his crew as well.

  30. Daniel Fabrizio December 5, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I thought the main character, Captain Phillips handled the piracy situation very well. Calm and collective as any leader should be. Captain Phillips, who was captured, under no circumstances compromised the safety of his crew members and used his quick wittedness to pursuade the attackers to avoid any vulnerable areas within the ship to avoid the pirates form discovering them. Captain Phillips even turned the tables on the pirates by severely injuring one by having one of the barefoot pirates step on broken glass, making him unable to walk. next, Captain Phillips’ men managed to capture the pirate leader and tried to negotiate a one for one exchange for the pirate leader and the Captain. the pirates swindled Captain Phillips’ crew member and managed to escape with Captain Phillips in an emergency escape boat. Even after capture, Captain Phillips tried to help these individuals by providing aid to the injured pirates but they still treated him like crap. Eventually, with help from the navy seals, Captain Phillips was rescued by the expert snipers who managed to eliminate the threat of the pirates in the emergency escape boat by simultaneously shooting them in the head and rescuing Captain Phillips.

  31. Sara Martinez December 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    This film is based on a true story about a cargo ship that’s overtaken by Somali pirates. The movie was extremely well done with fantastic acting, solid pacing, and very engaging story. When Captain Phillips leads the cargo ship from Jordan to Kenya, it was supposed to be a normal route. But, after several hours in the sea, Captain Philips and his crew faced the unexpected reality of pirates. Tom Hanks played the character with so much depth it makes you think what you would do in his situation.

    • whatstheformulablog December 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks for the mini movie review, Sara. It was a great movie! Come back again soon. thanks.

  32. mercedes baez December 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    people should be motivated by captain phillip’s actions

  33. Nida Wilson December 9, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Caption Philips is an hero that people could look up to. He took risk regardless what people had thought of him.

  34. shanygne Emmanuel December 9, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I think that Captain Phillips attitude was correct because in this life at some point you have to be stubborn and not be afraid and show that it is not easy to take him down

  35. veronica ahumada December 9, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    overall the blog was a good thing to learn about. it should me that hard work can pay off with time. sometimes being the person you are on an everyday basis may not always be was accepted so sometimes you have to switch things up and allow others to see different sides of yourself.

  36. jennifer mena December 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    i love that you can see where this man came from i see him as a hero but also as someone who had to much pride that could have taken his life and could have ended everyone else’s but it also gave them enough time to be saved sometimes we dont know whats right from wrong when your life is in danger especially if there is other people you have to worry about. this post truly exposes the situation and lets you wonder what would you have done and would you have survived if the tables were turned.

  37. Steven KaSual December 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Captain Phillips isnt a hero from my point of view. He is a man that didnt follow orders and did what was convenient for him. He put a lot of crew members at risk. All of this could have been avoided if he took account of the emails that was sent to him warning him to stay 600 miles off the coast of Somali. Yes he is a “hero” in the eyes of others but in my eyes he is a man that got lazy. Thats the real story! just saying (Kanye shrug)
    – Steven KaSual

  38. Rosalia Cantor December 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    It seems interesting to watch
    Captain Phillips is a brave man, I think he is a hero. He doesn’t let anyone or anything get in his way.

  39. Morgan Asencio December 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Captain Phillips is a hero from my point of view. I feel that although he encountered pirates and ignored all the warnings he was in fact the captain so he knew what orders to take and how to react. I am sure that he did the best he could in his circumstances. He did put a lot of crew members at risk but in the end he saved them all and risked his life in doing so. Phillips should not only be viewed as a hero but a profound brave man who used his strong minded strategies to do what he needed to do to fix the situation.

  40. Keisha Leach December 10, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Its hard to say if the Captain is a hero or villian. Though, to use the term villian might be an overstatement. He was rasied and trained to be tuff, stern, and a leader. These same qualities are what helped shape him to be the courageous leader he is. However, he is a hero for stepping up and saving his crew, but I do agree that he did put the crew members in risk. Had there been a different outcome, Phillips could have been killed and who’s to say what the Pirates would have done to the crew. Sometimes, whether a born leader or not, one should think twice when facing danger in the eye, esp when other people’s lives are in your hand.

    • whatstheformulablog December 10, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Dear Keisha, what a thoughtful and thorough analysis! Thanks for commenting.

  41. Robert Anderson December 10, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I have yet to watch this movie and I only just found out that it is actually based on a true story. This movie have made an impact and also influenced many people. After reading this article, I would have to say I agree with the author. Captain Phillips is indeed a true hero. He had a lot of courage to confront those pirates.

  42. Marcos Echevarria December 10, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    i am a navy man and respect Captaian Phillips as a person and a man

  43. Curtis Jules December 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    It is obvious that Captain Phillips is a man of leadership. he took high risk in his actions and was valiant. Hisstory was a pleasure to read. – Curtis Jules

  44. Tiffany Lawson December 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    In my humble opinion Captain Phillips is a hero. Although in his everyday life he may portray the villain amongst his crew. It was that same strong, bull-headed attitude that ultimately saved them in the end. Philips became the man he is due to his upbringing. He had the tender love of his mother and tuff love from his father. His natural urge to rebel and be rambunctious only added to the stew making a strong and determined character. Rebels often lack structure as did Phillips but with some guidance and some free reign he managed to combine the two allowing him to flourish as a merchant marine and captain. To consider him anything short of a hero would be doing him a great injustice. It isn’t always the innocent and pure man that is a hero but a defiant, strong-willed man. He epitomizes what a great modern day captain should be. He should be remembered for his tough spirit , determination and leadership that saved him and his crew from a watery grave.

  45. Keidy December 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Lovely story. After reading the entire story I end up so inspired by Captain Phillips. A hero, role model and a leader, that’s what I think of captain Phillips. He did not anyone get on his way and we should apply his exemplar actions to our lives. Since sometimes we get turned down by the smallest things.

  46. Jalessa Bartholomew December 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I think that Captain Philip was a person that was misunderstood. Although he made risky and ignorant decisions by not listening, everyone has a point in life when they do not head warnings. He put other people in situations that they did not want to be in but it all can come down to how he was raised and brought up. Captain Philips was portrayed as a tough guy so I expect him to want to be a leader. In my opinion a hero takes chances but think about the safety of others. Due to that I do not fully believe he was a hero. He was a motivated person that took risks to get what he felt like he needed to pursue. His fearlessness can be seen as determination and ability to lead. He is a person that should be remembered for his guidance and toughness that managed to save him and his crew but keep in mind that people’s safety was risked.
    -Jalessa Bartholomew

  47. Jenesis Serrano December 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I believe that Captan Philip was brilliant. Regardless of what you do people will always judge you and talk about you. He did what he had to do to keep his crew alive and they bashed him saying that he was not a good person. If I grew up with a military background I would be stern as well. You end up having high expectations of people. I would know my father is a veteran from the Navy. So they owe their lives to captain Philip because of him they are still alive today. He was couragous and strong willed to keep them and himself alive.

    • whatstheformulablog December 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks Jenesis. Your father is also a hero, we appreciate his service to the country.

  48. Josue rodridruez December 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Great actions by captain Phillips. in my opinion his a leader that we need to follow because in a certain time he never give up. In life sometimes we have obstacles that we want to give up, but we need to be persistent. I believe that Phillips is a hero, he shows that his persistent in challenging times. he sacrifice his life for his workers. this shows that he love his workers and he can take a bullet from them. Overall i think an award is nothing from him because he did it for the love.

  49. Priscilla P. December 13, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I think that Captain Phillips was a hero, he was able to keep his composure and save his life along with the lives of his crew members. The only way that someone like Captain Phillips would know what to do in a situation like that has to be from the way your brain is wired. The way that Captain Phillips grew up, he was taught that you always fight for what is yours, you never give up. That had a great deal of influence on him as a child and you can see it by that way he reacted with the pirates.

  50. YF December 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I haven’t seem the film but from reading this blog it relates to everyday life. Therefore, what make Captain Phillip a great film is the focus of the tale and the emotional touch it contains.He is an amazing hero people can look up to no matter what.

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