First Trailer for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

And the trailers continue to come as the latest is a film based on 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. Phillips is portrayed by Tom Hanks who seems to have found it a difficult task to grab solid, engaging roles as he's reached the latter part of his career. Not since just before The Da Vinci Code has it seemed Hanks would ever be able to capture that magic he found in his prime. The Dan Brown inspired series was never the hit Hanks nor the studio likely expected and his other projects (directing and starring in Larry Crowne, a small but important role in the highly divided Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and the multiple roles he took in one of my favorite films, but bigger flops of last year, Cloud Atlas) while admirable they haven't exactly turned out to continue the streak of commercial and critical successes Hanks had likely become accustomed to. That all seems like it could take a turn for the better in the latter half of this year as Hanks not only has Captain Phillips but portrays another real-life figure in Saving Mr. Banks where he is Walt Disney. We have yet to see any real indication of how that film might turn out, but director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum) seems to have crafted a compelling drama from these real life events as the trailer makes me want to see this film immediately. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and let me know what you think. Captain Phillips opens on October 11th.

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