David Weigel and Dana Stevens Discuss Captain Phillips

Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 11 2013 10:36 AM

Spoiler Special: Captain Phillips

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Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks, and Faysal Ahmed

Columbia Pictures

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, film critic Dana Stevens talks with political reporter David Weigel about Captain Phillips, the new Tom Hanks movie directed by Paul Greengrass and based on the true story of the Maersk Alabama, which was highjacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Does the film imbue its pirate villains with any humanity? Is it too sympathetic to the pirates? On a less serious note, does Tom Hanks deserve another Oscar?

You can listen to Stevens and Weigel discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.