Oscar winner Tom Hanks stars in Captain Phillips, the true story of the attack by Somali pirates on the Maersk Alamabam. Coming to theaters on October 11, 2013, Captain Phillips will be the opening night film at the New York Film Festival – just the first small step on what’s likely to be an awards season run. In addition to Hanks, the cast features Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Max Martini, Catherine Keener, Yul Vazquez, David Warshofsky, and Michael Chernus. Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum) directed from a script by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games).
Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through 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 (Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.
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