Pirate drama delivers

Captain Phillips was one of the survivors of an ordeal when his container ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, was attacked off the coast of Somalia in April 2009. This is his story, based on his own account.

If you’ve ever wondered how those fragile skiffs manage to down a huge cargo ship, director Paul Greengrass depicts, with great tension, exactly how it’s done. The reason for the pirate’s ultimate success is, of course, their high-powered automatic weaponry.

Captain Phillips (Hanks) is taking some 17,000 metric tonnes of cargo from

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