Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass (2013)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Director Paul Greengrass pulls no punches with this true-life tale, which sees Tom Hanks step into the shoes of Richard Phillips, the captain of a US cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. As with his 9/11 drama United 93, Greengrass re-creates the shocking events with a heart-pounding urgency, and there's a powerful sense that violence could erupt at any moment - and it often does. But the director's greatest skill is conveying the growing desperation of both Phillips and lead pirate Muse (Barkhad Abdi) after the initial, breathtakingly staged raid goes awry. Phillips may be the one taken hostage aboard a claustrophobic lifeboat, but Muse is revealed to be as much a victim as the increasingly desperate situation plays out. Even when the US Navy turns up, the tension continues to escalate, as the political ramifications of the kidnapping call for a decisive solution. It all builds to a dizzying emotional crescendo in the final scenes, with Hanks at the very peak of his powers.


Premiere. An American cargo ship sets a dangerous course around the coast of Somalia, while inland, four men are pressed into service as pirates by the local warlords. The captain is taken hostage when the raiding party hijacks the vessel, resulting in a tense five-day crisis. Fact-based thriller, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.

Cast & Crew

Captain Richard Phillips Tom Hanks
Andrea Phillips Catherine Keener
Muse Barkhad Abdi
Bilal Barkhad Abdirahman
Najee Faysal Ahmed
Elmi Mahat M Ali
Shane Murphy Michael Chernus
Mike Perry David Warshofsky
Ken Quinn Corey Johnson
John Cronan Chris Mulkey
Captain Frank Castellano Yul Vazquez
SEAL commander Max Martini
Director Paul Greengrass
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Other Information

Language: English, Somali +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Oct 2013