‘Captain Phillips’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Battles Pirates of the Somalia

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The true story of the MV Maersk Alabama hijacking is the subject of Captain Phillips, a new thriller from Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, who covered similarly harrowing real-world events in his 2006 9/11-inspired dramatic thriller, United 93.

In the film Tom Hanks plays the titular captain Richard Phillips, whose ship was boarded in 2009 by four Somali pirates who then took crew members hostage. After some cat-and-mouse games for control of the vessel, the pirates fled with Captain Phillips as their prisoner. What would occur next was a multi-day standoff between the pirates, their comrades back in Somalia and the U.S. military – basically the stuff good thrillers are made of.

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The Captain Phillips trailer showcases Greengrass’ trademark guerrilla ` filming style – nowadays affectionately referred to as “shaky-cam.” Obvious jokes about sea-sickness aside, the visuals look crisp, the villains seem scary (that one pirate who declares himself the new captain is sure to inspire some nightmares), the tension is palpable and there is Tom Hanks sporting a semi-ridiculous accent, to boot.

Captain Phillips is probably not going to have the same level of emotional impact as United 93, or even the same kind of action catharsis as the Bourne films, but Greengrass has proven to be a master of taught, tense rides, and this latest tale seems like it will at least provide that to paying moviegoers.


Captain Phillips will be in theaters on October 11, 2013.

Source: Guardian UK

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  1. Looks good, but shaky cam is a pestilential fashion that I wish would just die. It has ruined so many movies. What’s the point of watching a movie when you can’t even see what’s going on because the camera is shaking around?

    • Couldn’t agree more. I’m sick of the shaky cam. There’s so many times where I’m yelling at the TV, “Hold the camera still! I can’t see anything!!”

      • To each their own. I personally love the shaky cam. It doesn’t keep me from seeing anything and I feel that it adds to the experience.

        • No you don’t !

          • Agreed.

            • That’s Etrigan and Nate I am agreeing with. If you are loving the shakey experiance, you are just having a seizure and are a masochist who loves your own pain1

      • Totally agree. WholeHEARTEDLY agree. Shaky (s)cam is so annoying. I equate it to actors who pose to hide bad acting or writers who use ambiguity to hide bad writing. Shaky cam is used to hide bad blocking/directing.

  2. I thought the trailer was very effective. Captain Phillips was one of my 15 Movies to Watch this year, so I’m happy the first bit of marketing didn’t let me down. I’ll certainly be seeing this in theaters.

  3. This so-called “shaky-cam” was formerly known as “an organic or subjective camera shot”; pre-steady-cam and common enough among independent filmmakers (both now and back-in-the-day) when a tripod was impractical or unaffordable. Greengrass, unfortunately, has turned this necessity into “a style” and with it murdered that steady enjoyment of smooth camera work with the occasional subjective or organic shot for effect.

    Critics wrong-headedly overpraise its overapplication; and given Greengrass’s commercial success and cache, continues to indulge himself unbound. It’s enough (to say, TOO MUCH) to keep me from watching his films, however I do suffer it with the last two legs of the BOURNE trilogy. I take as much as I can.

  4. Tom Hanks has made some very unfortunate film choices, his last three screen appearances LARRY CROWNE, LOUD AND EXTREMELY CLOSE, CLOUD ATLAS may not have driven him to the Broadway theater, but more films like CAPTAIN PHILLIPS offers him nothing more than a shot at direct to VOD/DVD. (Too early for an Oscar consideration, allowing for the Academy’s short-term memory loss.)

    No doubt, the Somali piracy issue is ripe and worthy of a big-screen treatment, but in this role Hanks should be producer, and supporting actor (if there truly is a role for him — without the odd accent).

    Tom Hanks, unlike Tom Cruise, is a character actor at this point in his career, certainly a heavy-weight producer; but those days of carrying a film tour-de-force (a la CASTAWAY) is no longer in his wheelhouse.


  6. Looks like it is worth a watch on Netflix when available. I will keep this one in mind.

  7. Any pirates attacking my ship would go home in a bucket when I finished with them.

  8. its great that tom honks made the film in order to know how the somali prites operate,i believe these Somalis did a great job by puting international eyes on the Somali issues,its not about how many ships they got for cash but its about 24 years and more of civil unrest and starvation,now everyone enjoy the film and remember that international communities got blood on their hand by ignoring Somali such a long time.

    our somali issues is not a issues that we caused,it was simply inssues caused by so called super powers of this century,we became a fell state because of the rusian american challenges on somalia and what they want was control over middle easten states and far away.

    now its about time that every single somalian held in prison by who ever on charges of prites to be released ASAP.

    these guys were hopeless,hungry with only guns on their hands,i just hope that goverments around the globe will read this and talke action to set free these innocent somalis with no future at all.

    thank you

    from muqtar seefle