Check out the intense second trailer for Captain Phillips, the latest film from director Paul Greengrass. Realism seems to be the key to this film, especially since it’s based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama.
Director Paul Greengrass definitely knows his way around re-enactments. The director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum also tackled the ’72 civil rights massacre that took place in Ireland in Bloody Sunday and he gave us a chilling account of a hijacked plane during 9/11 in the chilling United 93.
This looks great.
Here’s the official synopsis for Captain Phillips:
Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through 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 his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.
ETA: AUS – 10 October, 2013. USA – 11 October, 2013.