New ‘Captain Phillips’ Trailer: Tom Hanks is Captured by Somalian Pirates

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 8:03 am,

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Most people know Paul Greengrass for directing The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, both of which were critical and box office success stories. However, in some respects, the filmmaker’s greater artistic accomplishments may very well be considered his intense dramatizations of violent historical events (Bloody Sunday, United 93) – ones which resonate on a greater social-political level, because of the subject matter they address (and the eventual repercussions of said incidents).

That’s a long way of saying: Greengrass’ upcoming movie, Captain Phillips, has the same cinema veritae-style cinematography and editing approach (read: the approach often lumped in the general “Shaky Cam” category) as his previous films, but falls in the same particular area as his past inspired-by-real-events productions – excluding his Bourne-esque part-fictional/part-fact based Iraq War drama, Green Zone. That is to say, this flick has awards season contender written all over it.

Captain Phillips is based on the memoir “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” written by Richard Phillips and Stephan Tatty. The film stars Tom Hanks as Mr. Phillips: Captain of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates back in 2009 – an event that led in Phillips being taken hostage by the sea-criminals. Catherine Keener (The Croods) plays Phillips’ wife, while the remainder of the supporting cast is largely populated by less-known/newcomer talent.

captain phillips trailer tom hanks New Captain Phillips Trailer: Tom Hanks is Captured by Somalian Pirates

Whereas the first Captain Philips trailer focuses mostly on setting up the film’s storyline, the second theatrical preview teases at the backstories for both Phillips – for whom it was just another day at work (before he was kidnapped) – in addition to the malnourished Somali pirates, who raided the Maersk Alabama in the hopes of gaining a fast payday. Greengrass did a solid job, when it came to portraying the terrorists in United 93 as three-dimensional, while still managing to keep a clinical perspective (read: not over-sympathizing with them) – which is to say, he looks to manage as well with the pirates in Captain Phillips.

Beyond that, Captain Phillips looks like a tightly-constructed engaging dramatic-thriller, anchored by another strong performance from Tom Hanks (debates about the authenticity of his accent aside) and good script work by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games). Count us among those who are keen to see how the final movie turns out – regardless of whether or not it manages to pick up speed during the upcoming Oscar season.

Does Captain Phillips look interesting to you? Let us know your trailer thoughts in the comments section.


Captain Phillips opens in U.S. theaters on October 11th, 2013.

Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. 9 Shots
    3 SeALs
    3 Pirates
    3 Bodies
    1 Captain that went “HOLY S–T!”

    • I just hope they do the SEALs justice in the movie.

      • Well Max Martini is playing the SEAL commander and he NEVER disappoints.

      • Tom Hanks has a strong amount of respect for those who served or are serving in the military and based on how he treated the military in his WWII pictures, I’d say they will be.

  2. Why? Did fox news get this movie made? After all it was THREE months of this story coverage, nonstop! Ugh… Why do I want to see this movie?

  3. Usain Bolt lost a lot of weight for this movie by the looks of it. Don’t think he will be doing great at the World Championships.

    • Oh so funny. That’s the only reason I even searched the topic. That dude looks so much like Usain Bolt. I see an Oscar in his future to go with the Olympic golds.

  4. lol this whole “WHAAMMM” sound in all the trailers lately is hilarious. oh, the movie looks pretty good

    • I hope trailer editors are getting paid less for just dropping all the clips in the same template these days. They are not even trying anymore to match the style of the trailer with the genre.

      “Aw, shucks… I can’t be bothered…” *loads generic sci-fi trailer template for hostage drama movie*

  5. The Somali Pirate just look like Chris Rock?

  6. we want to see this movie because hanks is one of very few actors who
    has never needed a franchise to make his name as his two oscars can attest to, and that african guy basically getting in tom hanks face and demanding he look at him is greating acting. best actor in the modern era.

    • I love Hanks but his performance in Cloud Atlas was absolutely atrocious.

  7. “Don’t point that gun at him, he’s an unpaid intern.”

  8. I prefer the south park version

  9. “We Drink And Pillage and we do as we please, we get all that we want for free” “We’ll kick your ass then rape your lass, Somalian Pirates We”
    “So with a yo ho ho, and with a ye he he” “We take to the african sea, we’ll brave the squalls and bust your balls” “Somalian Pirates We”
    “We left our homes and we left our mothers to go on a pillaging spree,
    we’ll cut off your ears, and break your toes, and make you drink our pee,
    And if you sail into our waters you best hear this decree we’ll take your boat set your ass afloat, Somalian Pirate We.

  10. As a ship’s captain frequently trading in the Gulf of Aden Area, I can vouch for the authenticity of the marine and piracy scenes I have watched in the various trailers. In many respects they are terrifyingly lifelike.

    With all the drama in Nairobi and East Africa over the last few days it has been become especially topical and relevant. For more intuitive background to this sad part of the world and the life of pirates and those sailing in the area, check out Amazon Books – ‘The Megiddo Revenge’.

  11. Okay, I saw the movie this evening and I must say- the beginning was a bit blurred and I thought second rate – but once he gets on the ship, it is a great movie – perhaps one of Tom Hanks best…and the Navy seals in the picture make me proud to be an American.