(2013) (Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramatic Thriller: The captain of a cargo ship must contend with attempts by Somali pirates to hijack his vessel.
- It's 2009 and Captain Richard Phillips (TOM HANKS) is headed overseas where he's to pilot the container ship Maersk Alabama from Oman to Kenya. With the help of his second-in-command, Shane Murphy (MICHAEL CHERNUS), Capt. Phillips is fully aware of the dangers posed by small bands of pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. After receiving an updated email warning about that, Capt. Phillips has his crew of 20 go through a practice drill, unaware that it will quickly turn into the real thing.
And that's because a small speedboat commanded by Muse (BARKHAD ABDI) and holding his fellow Somali pirates, Elmi (MAHAT M. ALI), Najee (FAYSAL AHMED) and young Bilal (BARKHAD ABDIRAHMAN), is racing toward the Maersk Alabama. While Capt. Phillips and his crew manage to thwart the first hijacking attempt, Muse and his crew are successful on their second.
As the pirates board the ship, Capt. Phillips stays on the bridge with just two other crewmembers, all while Shane and the rest take refuge down in the engine room. From that point on, Capt. Phillips tries to figure out how to deal with the pirates and their demands, a tactic that puts his life and those of his crew in danger, all while the U.S. Navy sweeps in to resolve the incident.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of Hanks, the film's director (Paul Greengrass who also helmed the second and third "Bourne Identity" movies) or are interested in the subject matter, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.
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