Captain Phillips (12A)

2013 (USA)( Action/Adventure/Biography)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
Director: Paul Greengrass
A Member’s Choice Film. This tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. It is a pulse-pounding thriller as well as a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. In Captain Phillips we see what happens when ordinary men are pushed to extremes by extraordinary circumstances; it is a high-seas adventure underpinned by bravery, desperation and the unstoppable instinct to survive. The director, Paul Greengrass, has proved himself a master of stylish, action-based film-making. His distinctive docu-drama style always places humanity at the centre of his films. (2hr 14min)