Paul Greengrass, 2013
No wonder Paul Bourne Greengrass snapped up the film rights: Captain Richard Phillips’ searing account of how Somali pirates captured his container ship in 2009 had all the makings of a classic thriller. Greengrass brings a carefully calibrated tension, avoiding any easy sensationalism.
Hanks’s Phillips is a study in panic control, somehow betraying his frantic lines of thought only to the viewer, while the Somalian actors – especially Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi – convey a potent mix of fear, confusion and ruthlessness. Nailbiting.