I'll take a shot and go with the notion that this story was previously well documented in print and film very recently.
Given that I had already read most of the storyline in print and watched both documentaries: Discovery Channel Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story (2009) and National Geographic Hunt for the Somali Pirates (2010), really took the wind out of the Captain Phillips sails for me.
If you are not a complete Tom Hanks fan, you would steer away from this movie, knowing it's mainly his mug on screen carrying the show and a few pirates on a boat for two hours.
Gravity still held its own over this one even during the opening weekend, people are just enamored with those effects, far larger than the vastness of the oceans...
Edited by 5aces - 10/19/13 at 10:42am