'Captain Phillips' is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the US container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens that we experience simultaneously, a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.
This edge-of-the-seat thriller focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (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.
Did you know?
During an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air", Tom Hanks says, the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates, was when they started filming the pirates taking over the captain's deck. Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally, to build up tension between the actors on board the ship, and the actors playing the Somali pirates. Read More