|Thurs 28th November||10.30am|
Dir. Paul Greengrass, USA, 2013, 134 mins
Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener
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 (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) 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 (Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Abdi), who takes him hostage, as both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
‘Tom Hanks is superb as the captain of a hijacked ship in a nail-biter that manages to tell both sides of the story,’ – Mark Kermode, The Observer ****
*-Audio Description available
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