Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips
Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
2h 14min Biography, Crime, Drama 11 October 2013 (USA)
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.