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on 8 October 2013
Full of suspense a film based on two hijackings of Danish ships taken over by Somali pirates. Without the Hollywood celebrities and theatrics.this had the feel of a real life story. IMDB rating 7.1.
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on 28 September 2013
Other reviewers have explained the premise and plot of this riveting hijack movie and you may be relieved to know it does not feature Bruce Willis or Steven Seagal. This is a docu-drama, brilliantly scripted and beautifully acted by the entire cast.

The negotiation scenes are a real eye opener into the world of sea hijacks and corporate responsibility. Meanwhile the tension on the ship jacks up with every scene. The restrained use of the film score adds to the brilliance of the film. You really feel that you are there with the crew on that ship.

Highly rated for people who don't need wham, bang, wallop in every scene.
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on 27 May 2014
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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on 6 October 2013
Piracy in the Red Sea has been a hot topic in the media for several years now, and this movie takes a long, serious look at the psychological and physical impact of a hijacking on two men intimately involved. The first is the cook on board the hijacked ship, the second is the CEO of the shipping company who throws himself into the role of coordinating negotiations with the highjackers. Both actors will be familiar to fans of "Borgen" (the cook played the PM's advisor, the CEO played the TV news editor). Each puts in an amazing performance in this film, as we witness the mental torture experienced by the cook (all he wants to to get back home to his wife and young daughter) and the unbearable stress suffered by the CEO of the company (who, in spite of his best efforts, becomes
emotionally involved in the human drama unfolding thousands of miles away). It would have been easy for this film to have developed as a heroes vs villains action thriller (in the Steven Segal mode). Instead, it chooses to explore the devastating human consequences of piracy on the high seas. Well worth watching.
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on 16 July 2016
This movie is absolutely superb. Very well directed, incredibly well paced with a stunning tone and an entrancing lead performance from Pilou Asbaek. I would struggle to recall a movie with a similarly deft establishment of constant tension and energy. I have one criticism but it's not huge and didn't in any way detract from a fantastic cinematic achievement.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 October 2014
I was recommended this film after I raved about Captain Phillips [DVD] [2013]. Note: this might be the same subject, but two films could not show the catastrophe surrounding cargo ships captured by pirates more differently. Whilst I loved nail-biting "Captain Phillips", I found "A Hijacking" quite tiresome, not really involving and pretty lame for a masculine melodrama.

This ain't no Hollywood production! And whilst with this kind of film you would expect nerve-wracking suspense, the long minutes showing negotiating process (and boy don't Danish vessel owners look unbothered when people are stuck in the awful condition on the ship for months... Talk about price of human life!) just dragged on and on and on... Good acting, but the whole effort is unmemorable.
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on 9 September 2013
Missed this on its limited cinema release but this is a real Danish gem to enjoy at home [ especially as a fan of the killing and borgen as there are many familiar actors ] . Basically it shows the horror of being held captive by Somali pirates and also the way the hostage negotiation is handled and the consequences for all . Yes this is a film of slow pace and subtle pausing but if you enjoy Danish tv you will both expect and enjoy this . There is no Bruce Willis arriving to save the day with a machine gun or Tom Hanks pulling a gurn of pain , just an emotional brilliant powerful story in which the audience is treated as an intelligent adult .
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 July 2016
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 to UK TV screens, two examples of whom, Soren Malling (The Killing, Borgen) and Pilou Asbæk (Borgen) star in writer-director Tobias Lindholm’s 2012 tense, hostage thriller. With a set-up based on a series of real-life hijackings of Danish ships by Somali pirates, Lindholm creates a palpable sense of unease, pitching Malling’s uptight company CEO, Peter C Ludvigsen, into a series of drawn-out, remote negotiations with the hostage takers and upping the tension and sense of unknowing via the impersonal, anonymous nature of the communications (phone and, particularly effective, fax) and via the suppression of any subtitles for the dialogue of the hostage takers. The more intimate, personal trauma is delivered via Asbæk’s turn as the ship’s cook and young father and the actor again impresses in his depiction of the debilitating psychological stress he is suffering. The film is also intriguing in its use of non- or first-time actors, which include the use of a real-life professional hostage negotiator (whose dialogue was not scripted) and an impressive performance by Abdihakin Asgar as the Somali intermediary, Omar. This gives the film an (at times) documentary feel and adds to the sense of realism. Certainly a film well worth catching for anyone who (like me) has been largely gripped by the recent spate of Scandi-dramas.
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on 28 August 2013
Great cast and good camera work. Lots of hand held, close up shots of what it is like to be stuck on a stinking, hot ship with limited food and the relentless misery of fear and boredom in turn.
Cut to the corporate meeting room where the board and the negotiators strategise over how much money to offer the highjackers day by day, as they would close a business deal with Japan or New York.

Sound like a fun hour and a half? No?

Well, the acting's really good and the guy who plays Jasper in Borgen is in it. Look out for the guy who plays the professional consultant who is brought in to advise them on the negotiations. He is remarkable. You forget that you're watching a film and not a documentary because he is so natural.
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on 11 November 2013
i work in a ship owning company and the movie is totally realistic.
in the past there were no razor wires to protect the vessel, no citadel room (panic room)
no armed guards onboard and the threat was very very real. the film shows just that.
the panic, the fear, the business world behind it.
all in all a great film to be watched. danish tv/movies have come a long way.
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