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Tom Hanks is hitting the high seas once again, but this time around he's got more company than a deflated volleyball.
"Captain Phillips" is based on the true story of a sea captain whose cargo boat was taken over by Somali pirates. Hanks plays the eponymous captain, natch, who's left to try and reason with the increasingly desperate desperados of the high seas. The Navy SEALs are getting close, but will they get there before the pirates begin killing their hostages? Well, technically we know how it ends since it's based on a true story, but half the fun is getting there.
Captain Richard Phillips (above right) co-wrote a book about his experience, called "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea," which seems like a bit of an understatement. It was adapted by Billy Ray, who also wrote the screenplays for "The Hunger Games," "State of Play," and "Breach."
Director Paul Greengrass doesn't mess around when it comes to pulling off big, tightly wound action movies, and obviously industry folks thinks so, too. "Captain Phillips" is the crown jewel of this year's New York Film Festival, and will also play at the BFI London Film Festival and the Tokyo Film Fest.
"Captain Phillips" will sail into theaters on October 11.