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A Hijacking (Kapringen) [DVD]

Pilou Asbæk , Søren Malling , Tobias Lindholm    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim
  • Directors: Tobias Lindholm
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BWNCGW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk, Borgen) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling The Killing, Borgen) and the Somali pirates.

A brilliant piece of scary, authentic-looking realism... Lindholm keeps the tension going and never descends into crude melodrama. As a psychological drama, this is surely one of the best of the year - Evening Standard

Ruthlessly plausible thriller... As tensions escalate and conditions deteriorate, Lindholm s control is so rigorous that it s easy to forget you re watching fiction - Total Film

Nerve-shredding high seas procedural... To find such a radical riposte to the Hollywood thriller and a rehabilitation of a decades-old stereotype is a genuine surprise - Little White Lies

The very antithesis of Hollywood... This hostage drama from Denmark has the same DNA (Dark National Angst) as its television serials: it is complicated, it is intelligent - The Independent

Vigorously intelligent hostage thriller... Lindholm is the writer of the acclaimed Danish television series Borgen, and he infuses every frame of his second film with the slow-burn, high-tension pungency of a particularly addictive DVD box set The Telegraph

The little details all ring true... Lindholm spins an exacting drama out of a crisis on this deft, verite-style account of Somali piracy in the Indian ocean. Full credit to A Hijacking for resisting the siren-call of Hollywood histrionics in favour of the nuts-and-bolts - The Guardian

A slow burner; intense, utterly engrossing and believable... When a Danish cargo vessel is hijacked, the crew face a lengthy ordeal while company reps and a hostage negotiator embark on tense negotiations. The ship s cook is the most useful to his captors, who manipulate him mercilessly - Empire

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk, Borgen) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling The Killing, Borgen) and the Somali pirates. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Thessaloniki Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, ...A Hijacking (2012) ( Kapringen )

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two men..... 15 April 2013
By godzilla78 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Firstly this is an amazing film. Johan Philip Asbæk plays the role of Mikkel, the ship's cook. He is the main character on board a ship which has been captured by Somalian pirates. Soren Malling is Peter, the CEO for the shipping company thus takes on the lead role in negotiations to free the crew members.

What gives the film energy is the constant switching back and forth between the ship in the Indian ocean and the corporate boardroom in Denmark. The stark contrast between the two is shocking. The ship's crew (seven in total) live in fear for their lives on a daily basis and are kept in horrible conditions with lack of the man's basic needs ie fresh air, food, toilet etc. In the meantime Peter decides to ignore the advice from his own security expert and deal with the negotiations himself rather than rely on a middleman (despite being warned that this could be a huge mistake). This is not from arrogance but more from the point that this man is driven and wants to see the crew return safely. So whilst the dialogue with Peter and Omar (the negotiator for the pirates) drags on and on over weeks and then months, the crew are reaching breaking point. And the company men play a hard bargin. Thus it becomes a war of attrition. Everyone wants to go home but until the company pay up this isn't going to happen.

We only get a small glimpse into the world of those being held captive on the ship and its not very pretty. Perhaps the biggest eye opener is the protracted negotiations from the boardroom. These scenes I enjoyed a lot more, tense, yet mens live's are being toyed with whilst those in power begin a long and drawn out process over money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimly Realistic 10 Mar 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Heading towards India a Danish ship is captured by Somali Pirates. The small crew is caught in a situation for which they have no training. The pirates swiftly bring in their top negotiator and the CEO of the shipping firm saddles up to negotiate the deal (backed up with his own experts). The negotiation thus becomes two dimensional: there is the key of reaching an agreed sum by haggling and engaging in the meta-game of negotiation (one does not offer too high a price too easily) and alongside this game is the trauma of crew and families as they endure their confinement. Both sides engage in a number of ruses to improve their negotiating position, but as time passes (and a lot of time passes) the CEO begins to grasp that negotiating with Japanese suppliers over a contract is not quite the same as negotiating with lives. The film is low key without the Hollywood crisis style of narrative; it is the unremitting passage of time that gets one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tense thriller 16 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This film is an excellent Danish film about a Danish cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates, it tells the story along two threads, the first is about the ship's crew being held hostage, in particular the ship's cook. In parallel it tells about the negotiations for the crew's release by the CEO of the corporation that owns the ship.

The strength of the film comes from the performances, across the board they are excellent. The pace of the film is slow, but it is always interesting. The interaction between the crew and the pirates is mercurial, one moment there is a sense of camaraderie, they are all waiting for the same thing. The next they are subjected to terror through violence and mock executions. At the centre of it is the ship's cook, the pirates manipulate him to aid their negotiations, he also has the most contact with them and the relationship between them is fascinating to watch.

The other thread focuses on the CEO and his negotiations with the pirate leader, these are a slow and tense process forming the backbone of the film. There's some internal politics involved and he's being advised by an expert in the field, but against the advice conducts the negotiations himself. We also catch glimpses of the families of the crew, although here the film lacked a little.

Like other fine Danish films and TV shows it's an understated film that works on the strength of its performances. There's no flash or melodrama, it's an authentic feel that unfolds at its own pace. It's an excellent film that's well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality 27 May 2014
By Richard
Format:DVD
A Hijacking is a quality piece of Danish filmmaking (although much of the dialogue is in English). The plots fairly basic - a ship is hijacked by Somali pirates and the crew are held hostage as the pirates and their "interpreter" negotiate with the ships owners. Back on dry land, the owners treat the situation as something of a business deal, they will keep negotiating until the price drops to an acceptable level. The crew are left in squalid conditions while the deal is brokered.

Primarily we follow the ships on board cook Mikkel (Johan Philip Asbaek) and the executive leading the negotiations Peter (Soren Malling). Both actors deliver excellent performances and the acting throughout the whole film is first class. This is important as the film is more about the people than the guns they may be holding. This is no gung ho action flick, it's a measured, tense drama as the "action" unfolds over a painstakingly long period of time (for the characters, 100 minutes for the viewer).

Some of the negotiation scenes are unbearably tense as the crews wellbeing hangs in the balance and the filmmakers go for an almost documentary style realism. We're not shown the hijacking itself for example (not much of it anyway) and other developments take place off camera also, leaving things to our imagination.

Overall very good stuff. Highly recommended.
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Good suspense and realism. Almost like a docu-drama. Don't try to compare with Captain Philips - very different type of film.
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Published 1 month ago by J SMITH
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Published 1 month ago by Michael Plested
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and thought provoking
Another cracking Danish film. Absorbing from the outset, it tells the story of a Danish ship hijacked by Somali pirates and the complex negotiations which took place in order to... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad translation!
Exciting story, reasonable acting but who on earth did the translation? Half sentences, whole passages not translated, chunks didn't make sense. Oh we'll.
Published 2 months ago by RB103
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, tense and emotional
Very similar to Catain Phillips, but gripping. Entertaining throughout.
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