Captain Phillips

Theatrical Release: October 11, 2013
Captain Phillips


The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Dove Review

This movie features a riveting story and a powerful performance by Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips. The film is based on the true story which took place in 2009 when pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama commanded by Phillips. The ensuing story reveals Captain Phillips’ apparent cooperation with the pirates and how he was cleverly protecting his crew by doing his best to get the pirates off the ship. Eventually he is taken by four of them into the life boat which is really a pod and the ultimate pursuit of the pod by the U.S. Navy before it reaches Somalia where they are sure Phillips will be killed. This edge-of-your-seat movie is rife with tension and builds to a crescendo at the end in which either Phillips or the pirates are going to die, perhaps all of them.

Regrettably, despite the interesting story and quality filmmaking, the picture contains strong language and violence with some on-screen blood and we unfortunately cannot award it our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man kisses his wife.
Language: GD-2; J/JC-3; G/OMG-1; A-3; S-3; H-2; D-1; P-1; Skinny Rat-1; Idiot-1; Shut Up-1
Violence: Men with rifles shoot at ship; a few characters are punched and there is some blood; one character is punched and kicked several times; a man steps on broken glass and his bloody foot is plainly seen; a man's bloody hand is seen; a few characters are shot with blood seen on screen.
Drugs: A few drinks and talk of having a beer; a man has a cigarette behind his ear; smoking; in one scene it appears the pirates have some kind of drug with them.
Nudity: Shirtless men.
Other: A man says he has to "pee"; tattoos seen on men; a lot of tension for the captain and crew in dealing with violent pirates.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Billy Ray & Richard Phillips
Director: Paul Greengrass
Producer: Dana Brunetti
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 134 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter