‘Captain Phillips’ Stands Off Against Somali Pirates


‘Captain Phillips’ stands off against Somali pirates

The 2009 capture of the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates and the incredible rescue of Captain Richard Phillips by Navy SEALs has inspired Captain Phillips, a new movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass.

The movie is based on Phillips’  2010 memoir A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea and intercuts Phillips’ experience after he decided to let himself be taken hostage in a lifeboat in order to protect his ship and crew with the anxieties of his waiting family back home in New England.

Greengrass directed two of the best spy pictures of the last decade (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) and proved his skills at maximizing drama in enclosed spaces in the 9/11 drama United 93. Captain Phillips is due in theaters October 11th.

  • Greg

    I wonder if there is a mention of the captain putting the crew, and ship, in danger by intentionally navigating through an area he was warned to avoid.

  • Chris

    Does Tom Hanks wrestle with a shark in this movie?

  • Chase Benfield

    I feel like I am taking crazy pills here. I was on USS Dubuque and Seal Team Six had NOTHING TO DO with taking down those pirates…

  • aaron

    do you show the vice admiral Michelle Howard or did you know that she was even there/. I hope this isn’t the second movie that they miss some of the important details