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A Hijacking [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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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.Read more ›
All shot with hand held cameras; A Hijacking has an up-close and intimate approach to storytelling, with naturalistic presentation and acting. Johan Philip Asbæk who plays the ships cook, Mikkel is the focal point of much of the film and his performance is heart-breaking. This is personal and naturalistic film making, a creative decision that elevates A Hijacking into an edge of the seat tense, emotional, upsetting, gruelling and exhausting experience. I was a wreck after watching this film. What Jaws did for the sea and beaches, a hijacking does the same for boats. As hard a film as it is, the way you emotionally connect with its protagonists and their plight is more real and more emotionally engaging than the films preventing it from getting a decent cinema run. For me it's the first incontestable film for my best of the year list.
If you've enjoyed watching any other Danish film or recent TV drama, A Hijacking will be right up your street.
The action switches between a Danish cargo carrier which is captured by Somali pirates, and the shipping company which must negotiate for the safe return of the crew. All of the performances are excellent - but Søren Malling at the CEO of the company is especially stunning. Against the advice of a security consultant he takes responsibility for the negotiations and personally deals with the pirate's representative... and over the weeks which stretch into months this confident, capable and assured man starts to quietly unravel. There are some shatteringly powerful scenes; especially when he has to inform the crew's relatives of sudden events.
Likewise, the key character on the ship - its cook - puts in a pivotal performance. The plot explores how the captives and their captors at times reach towards an acknowledgement of shared humanity. But it also shies away from standard kidnap clichés, and presents some moments of frightening brutality.
The pirate negotiator (who may be far more than that) is another compelling character; well worth watching his frustration reach boiling point.
The filming is understated and almost invisible: events are presented in matter of fact fashion without 'fake documentary' camera-shake or any such gimmicks. A Hijacking doesn't need them.Read more ›
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Tobias Lindholm’s thrilling A Hijacking (2012) is a tense cat and mouse ride.
Danish shipping CEO Peter (Søren Malling) is notified that one of his ships had been... Read more
This movie is absolutely superb. Very well directed, incredibly well paced with a stunning tone and an entrancing lead performance from Pilou Asbaek. Read morePublished 11 days ago by John Vine
As well as providing us with some of the most engaging and atmospheric TV dramas of recent years, BBC4’s various Scandi-noir series have also delivered some notable acting talent... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Keith M
Excellent Danish piracy film. Tense and character (rather than action) based. Go for it!Published 4 months ago by Mr A King