Director Paul Greengrass and star Tom Hanks present this pulse-pounding true-life thriller about the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. container ship by Somali pirates.
Captain Phillips (Hanks) is the commander of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship which becomes the target of Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi, in a stunning performance). After the ship is boarded and the Captain is held hostage, a standoff ensues 145 miles off the Somali coast, in this layered thriller that is also a complex and subtle portrait of the various effects of globalization.
"A triumph...We come to feel as deeply for Muse as for his hostage…we understand the greater tragedy of Muse and the Somalis’ lives. We hate the world that fomented this bloody confrontation." - David Edelstein, New Yorker
- Director: Paul Greengrass
- Principal Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Corey Johnson
- Country: USA
- Year: 2013
- Running Time: 134 Minutes
- Website: Official website
- Language: English, Somali
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Sony Pictures