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Updated: 10/14/2013 08:00:00AM

‘Captain Phillips’: More historical than current

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Earlier this month I had the disconcerting experience of watching a Navy SEAL raid off the coast of Somalia re-enacted onscreen while trying to surreptitiously sneak looks at my iPhone to check on the progress of a real Navy SEAL raid in Somalia taking place that very night.

There may be little proven connection between the Somali pirates depicted in the new film “Captain Phillips” and the al Shabab militants targeted earlier this month, but the new Tom Hanks movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, comes out at a time when the international security threats posed by the world’s most unstable country are very much in the news. Recent events will likely color U.S. audiences’ perceptions of the events portrayed.

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