'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.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 134min.
Theatrical Release Date: 10/11/2013
Status: In Theaters
Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks , Max Martini , Catherine Keener , Michael Chernus , Corey Johnson
Themes: Daring Rescues,Hostage Situations,Pirates
Keywords: Somalia, cargo, pirate [seafarer]
Country of Origin: USA (10-11-2013)