Rating: PG-13, for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and substance abuse.
It?s stunning that this film has a PG-13 rating. Paul Greengrass’ thriller, based on the true story of Somali pirates who took over an American cargo ship in 2009, is hugely violent, bloody and intense for nearly all of its two-plus-hour running time. Tom Hanks stars as the title character, a veteran, all-business captain who must find creative ways to appease the pirates while also protecting his crew and trying to communicate with emergency officials and the military. There’s a ton of gunfire, stabbings, slicings, beatings, a kidnapping and — eventually ?- several deaths. The action is both visceral and claustrophobic, with men on both sides trapped in cramped quarters fighting for their lives. One of the hardest parts to watch, though, is Captain Phillips’ cumulative shock once the ordeal is over. This is probably suitable for teenagers at the youngest.