Did you know that the studio actually did a casting call here in Minneapolis for the actors to play the Somali pirates? Interesting.
I didn't really know if I would enjoy this movie, so I went into it a bit skeptical. But I came out a true believer ... in Tom Hanks. Seriously, Hanks gives an absolutely spectacular performance from start to finish, and he MAKES this movie. Makes it. This is one of his strongest performances in a long time. He is strong throughout, but the last 5 minutes is just something else. Wow.
Beyond Hanks, the movie itself is very well done. It is thrilling, exciting, well paced, and well directed. The cinematography is also excellent - especially the later scenes when they are in the lifeboat.
Overall, a must-see in theaters and a strong Oscar nomination contender in a few categories.