The Review: Tom Hanks is superb as the captain of an American ship which attracts the unwanted attention of Somali pirates in this unremittingly tense film.
Watching the pirates pursue and gain access to the ship is undoubtedly thrilling. Perhaps that’s why the middle section falls a bit flat before culminating in an exciting showdown. The end itself is surprisingly moving, Hanks proving why he’s up there with the best.
Director Paul Greengrass seems to specialise in crafting films of tension - see the superb United 93 - if he’d cut the running time of this, it would have been an even better film.
The Verdict: Overlong but incredibly tense.