Captain Phillips trailer, an American hijacking
It wasn't long ago that I saw A Hijacking (Kapringen), a very good foreign film showing the events of Somali pirates taking a vessel and the protracted negotiations with the company who own it. Now we're seeing the trailer for a dramatic reconstruction of a recent hijacking, that of an American vessel and the story of its Captain, Captain Richard Phillips.
The film is written by Billy Ray from the book co-authored by Richard Phillips A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com). Paul Greengrass directs Tom Hanks in the lead with Catherine Keener playing his wife.
The film, Captain Phillips, tells the true story of his experience as the Captain of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in some two hundred years. In 2009 his ship was boarded by armed pirates who took him hostage aboard a lifeboat. That's when the US Navy was despatched along with a SEAL team to secure his safe released.
You can read all about the events of the hijacking on Wikipedia, however do be warned that it tells you the whole true story that will unfold in the film. I'm sure there's plenty more to see, but if you haven't read more than you know here then the article could be considered as spoiler territory.
The story will be an exciting one to see played out on screen and while my reservations of Paul Greengrass directing in his traditional shaky cam style are there I do remember what he achieved with the incredible United 93 (Filmstalker review). I'm hopeful of more of that, and from the looks of the trailer that might just be happening.
Here is the trailer for Captain Phillips which comes through TrailerAddict: