Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
"The piercingly realistic Captain Phillips will exceed your expectations." - Los Angeles Times
"Captain Phillips, a movie that insistently closes the distance between us and them, has a vital moral immediacy." - New York Times
Directed by Paul Greengrass. Starring Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Addirahman, Catherine Keener, and Tom Hanks. Theatrically released in 2013. 133 Minutes; Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.
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