"Captain Phillips" is a 2013 true-story action crime drama that is based Captain Richard Phillips and the Somali pirate invasion, a story which first made headlines in 2009. The film by Paul Greengrass is set to be released October 11. It stars Tom Hanks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Captain Phillips" is about a U.S. unarmed ship that is invaded by four Somali pirates. The movie takes the viewer on a windy road of twists and turns as Captain Richard Phillips and his crew band together and fight to survive after being taken hostage. Tom Hanks gives a spectacular performance as the real life Captain Phillips.
Variety is calling the movie "an eruption of emotional fireworks."
The true story happened off the coast of Somalia in 2009. That's when the Maersk Alabama container ship was hijacked by criminal Somali invaders. The ship's crew members were able to escape but Captain Phillips was taken hostage.
Despite having very little food or water, Capt. Richard Phillips was eventually rescued. Three of the Somali pirates were shot and killed. The lone survivor, Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, was arrested and sentenced to 33 years behind bars, according to the BBC News.
Upon his release, Phillips told his story on CNN and Larry King Live. He also published the book: "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."
His life story was bought by Columbia Pictures.
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