Date:29 October 2013
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 – a pulse- pounding thriller, as well as a complex portrait of the myriad effect of globalisation.
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, 230 kilometres off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.