In the opening act of the maritime drama movie Captain Phillips, two desperate men in the middle of nowhere try to convince each other they’re much more powerful than they look.

The one is the eponymous Phillips, who is watching a boatload of Somali pirates close in on his lumbering, unarmed cargo ship. The other is the pirate captain, Muse, who has extremely dangerous paymasters to appease back in Somalia, and who would prefer not to perform dangerous ship-to-ship gymnastics in big swells...

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