Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is back, with a movie that sure looks like a winner.

CP Launch_A4poster_AUS, Courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia)

CP Launch_A4poster_AUS,
Courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia)

The official synopsis released by Sony Pictures Releasing (Australia) is:

‘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 globalisation.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad 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.

The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.’

With a story as gripping as this, a cast as talented as this, and a director as brilliant a story-teller as this, one wonders what can go wring with it at the box-office?!

Captain Phillips releases in Australian Cinemas on October 24th.

By Joseph Rana

Pubic Relations Strategist, Movie Critic and Freelance Contributor at local Sydney Media Outlets and Sydney Editor at Student View.


  1. Genevieve

    14/10/2013 at 10:43 pm

    I travelled through pirate infested waters on a cruise ship last year – exciting and harrowing as we undertook piracy drills, had armed guards on board and had evening blackout curfews.

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