A Hijacking (2013)

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Critic Consensus: A tense, gripping thriller, A Hijacking avoids action movie cliches and instead creates a palpable sense of dread by mixing gritty realism with atmospheric beauty.


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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) 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) and the Somali pirates. (c) Magnolia

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
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On DVD: Oct 15, 2013
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for A Hijacking

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (28)

It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It aims to not allow you to leave the theater without empathizing with victims of such real-life violence. And that's what makes the film so memorable - and haunting.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Captain Phillips revisited. How do you say 'I'm the captain now!' in Danish?

February 16, 2014
Baret News

Besides the subject matter, the parallels between Lindholm's sensitive, slow-moving A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass' relentless Captain Phillips are few and far between.

Full Review… | January 19, 2014
Quickflix

Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
Arts Fuse

Audience Reviews for A Hijacking

Somali pirates seize a Danish freighter and demand millions of dollars in ransom for safe return of the crew. This worthy companion to CAPTAIN PHILLIPS focuses equally on the experience of a hostage cook and the tense negotiations between the captors and the CEO of the freight company.

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Greg S

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A nail-biting suspense story concerning a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates, and how the crew cope with their new found circumstances, while their bosses attempt to negotiate with an increasingly aggressive group of villains whose asking price to leave the ship is high. While not as effective and character building as "Captain Phillips", a movie with a very similar plot, the film's pacing and interweaving of many character's points of view is simply outstanding. The acting is uniformly superb, and the ending is shocking, heartbreaking, and unpredictable, all the things you would want in a movie like this. With a little more character development, especially concerning the pirates themselves (something 'Phillips' did remarkably well), this would be a great movie worthy of Oscar buzz. Still outstanding, and well worth seeing, although be warned, it is fairly depressing.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

This film takes a very different and more understated route than the other Somalian pirate hijacking movie from this year, "Captain Phillips". Yet, despite the fact that "A Hijacking" often replaces the visceral action and suspense taking place on the boat with the stakes from the perspective of the company's CEO in a board room, it somehow winds up just as intense, if not more so. This success comes from the expertly told story, which emphasizes psychological stakes just as much as physical ones. A truly edge-of-your seat experience in the most unexpected of ways.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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