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.
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User Reviews: What a stunning film – the imminent threat of deadly violence tempered with the tragic circumstances that drive people to such desperate actions made for a very human story.
If Hanks is nominated for an Oscar for this, then Barkhad Abdi deserves a nomination too, because their scenes together were electric – never once did Abdi appear the junior party, every bit Hank’s equal as two cunning foes trying to outfox one another.
The best lines in the film were perhaps when Phillips beseeched of Muse: "Surely there’s something other than fishing and kidnapping people you could do?"
To which Muse replied, sombrely: "In America, maybe".
It’s a must see, the best film I’ve seen this year.