I saw 'Captain Phillips' on opening night and loved every minute of it. Best movie of 2013 (so far)!
First and foremost, I expect a movie to entertain me. I couldn't care less which parts are real and which parts are dramatic license. Anyone that is blacklisting this movie because they believe the crews' side of the "real" story needs to wake up. The crew is after money and that's the bottom line. The crew wouldn't have said squat if they'd already received the settlements they seek. They are using the publicity around the movie to create a negative publicity to hurt the studio and the movie's chances with audiences. If you fall for that, I feel sorry for you because this is one HELL of a good movie!
Anyway, the reason I dug up this topic….
The cooperation of the United States Navy played a huge role in the successful filming of 'Captain Phillips'. I've just finished watching a video (linked below) titled "Captain Phillips - The Role of the United States Navy". The video is 1 hour 15 minutes long. The first part of the video is a little bit dry, but it really picks up about 20 minutes in. The video ends with my favorite guest speaker of all,
Before watching the video, I was not aware of just how few professional actors were used in the making of this movie. Real Navy personnel (active and retired) filled many roles,
Watching the video gave me an even greater appreciation for this wonderful movie! Of particular note is the repeated mentions of just how faithful the movie is to actual events (from Navy personnels' perspective). Yes, there are mentions of dramatic license taken (certain scenes compressed or expanded in time, etc.) but the guest speakers in this video all confirm there is definitely a strong level of realism to the movie.
This video contains many spoilers. If you intimately followed the real event and know or remember every detail, then there's not a whole lot to be spoiled, with the large exception of
If you don't know or remember anything about the 'Captain Phillips' story, then I recommend you watch the movie BEFORE you watch this video.
Like I said, the video gets a bit of a dry start. But I was thoroughly engrossed from about the 20 minute mark through the rest of the video!
In the video, it's pointed out that, prior to the taking of the Maersk Alabama, no pirate crew had ever successfully boarded a ship like the Alabama due to speed and freeboard height of the ship. Also, the commanding officer of the USS Bainbridge makes a somewhat disparaging remark about the real Maersk Alabama's crew. Even way back then, I think the crew was only concerned about "what's in it for me".