Film review: Captain Phillips (12)

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CAPTAIN Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) kisses his wife Andrea (Catherine Keener) goodbye and takes charge of his cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, bound for Mombasa, Kenya.

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Captain Phillips DVD. Pic: Comp

Captain Phillips DVD. Pic: Comp

He is aided by a hard-working international crew including Chief Mate Shane Murphy (Michael Chernus) and Chief Engineer Mike Perry (David Warshofsky).

Somali pirates led by Muse (Barkhad Abdi) board the vessel and Phillips conceals his crew below deck in the engine room while he takes charge of the situation.

Faced with threats of violence from Muse and his hot-headed compatriot, Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Phillips puts himself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of every man on board. The stand-off spirals out of control and destroyer USS Bainbridge, captained by Frank Castellano (Yul Vazquez), races to the scene to avert disaster.

Based on the book by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, Captain Phillips is a nerve-racking thriller that fully deserves its six Oscar nominations.

Hanks is flawless and Abdi delivers a striking supporting performance, adding depth and complexity to a role that could easily have been a caricature. Working from a lean script by Billy Ray, Paul Greengrass demonstrates once again why he is one of the finest directors of nail-biting action.

From the moment the Somalia pirates first appear on the radar, Captain Phillips leaves us feeling seasick with tension.

Captain Phillips (12), is now available on DVD (£19.99), Blu-ray (£24.99) & Ltd Edition Steelbook Blu-ray (£27.99)