Would it surprise you to learn that Tom Hanks hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in more than a decade? I mention it only for two reasons. One, there was a historic stretch between Philadelphia and Cast Away where a Hanks Oscar nomination was simply taken for granted. Two, Captain Phillips, Hanks’ real-life tale about one man’s heroic actions after his giant cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, feels like one of those classic, sure-thing Hanks movies. It seems to mix the best character traits of Cast Away’s Chuck Noland and Saving Private Ryan’s Captain Miller. Plus, it’s directed by Paul Greengrass, the action auteur behind the best of the Bourne films and United 93.
Take a look yourself to see if you think Captain Phillips has the right stuff.
Captain Phillips, which also stars Catherine Keener as Phillips’ wife, is scheduled for an Oct. 11 release.