“Captain Phillips” presents the motivation of the desperate Somali pirates played by Faysal Ahmed (from left), Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali, but never asks us to empathize.
Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."
In spring and summer, it seemed as if we were getting an end-of-the-world sci-fi thriller every other week. In fall, the new theme is individual survival, with Oscar winners trying to survive in hyperrealistic situations. A week after the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney white-knuckler film “Gravity,” …