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2013 – Captain Phillips


Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Billy Ray
Produced by: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca
Production year: 2013
Original release: 11 October 2013 (USA)
Running time: 2 Hours, 14 Minutes
Other cast: Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
Misc: IMDB | Amazon | iTunes

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.