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  • Actors: Johan Philip Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim
  • Directors: Tobias Lindholm
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,535 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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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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Blimey. A Hijacking follows an industrial ship working in African seas that's hijacked (off-screen) by Somalian pirates. The film is divided into two strands, the first is the hijacked ship dealing with the pirates day on day, and the second is the interrogation process where the companies CEO tries to negotiate his crews release. It's the second strand that is most notable and it's the action and inaction of that aspect of the movie that provides most of the nail biting tension. To that end, Tobias Lindholm's film is just as much about the conditions of the hijacking as it the boneheaded pride and stupidity of the business world, treating an incredibly precarious and dangerous situation as a business transaction with another awkward customer.

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.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2014
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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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By Mikey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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Starring three actors from the DR TV drama Borgen: Series 1 & 2 [DVD], A Hijacking is a powerful story showing the moving account of a Danish owned vessel hijacked by Somali pirates. Borgen trio Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling and Dar Salim are absolutely convincing in their roles. There's no Hollywood style huge rescue attempt here. In this film we really get to know the characters and as a viewer you are rewarded for your time investment in the film.
If you've enjoyed watching any other Danish film or recent TV drama, A Hijacking will be right up your street.
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A Hijacking is 100 minutes of gruelling, gripping tension. It doesn't seek to glamorise or Hollywoodise the very real threat of modern-day piracy of commercial shipping. Instead it starkly portrays the at times horrific possibilities when hostages are held long-term for ransom. It is not a barrel of laughs.

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.
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