Pirate-Filled ‘Captain Phillips’ Clips Sell the Scope of the Film’s Swashbuckling


If you thought the trailer for Captain Phillips looked promising, likely a large part of what sold you on it is the brief glimpses it gives us of the exciting sequence where the ship of the title character (played by Tom Hanks) is boarded by a crew of desperate and dangerous-looking Somali pirates. The whole story is based off of extraordinary real-life events, and even from those small glimpses it becomes clear that the penchant for action filmmaking director Paul Greengrass showed in his Bourne movies as well as the talent for shooting documentary-style accounts of real life danger he showed in United 93 both came in handy as he was realizing this film.

Simply put, Captain Phillips looks like it’s going to be some serious shit, and now the film has just released a couple of extendo-clips of the scene where the pirates take over the ship in order to convince you that the words “based on a true story” don’t always have to lead to a movie being a melodramatic snoozefest. Sure, Captain Phillips is bound to feature some hand-wringing, but it clearly has some Under Siege flavor going on in it as well. Click through to check it out.

If all of that action isn’t enough to get you on board for seeing the film, then maybe a glowing review from our very own Kate Erbland will help? Be honest, that did it, didn’t it? Captain Phillips is scheduled to be released soon—on October 11 to be exact—so there isn’t much more of a wait to finally see what all the fuss is about.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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