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A Hijacking Reviews

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Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine

In his screenwriting, Tobias Lindholm has shown strong instincts for masculine melodrama and a knack for plot twists. As a director, though, he may still be getting his sea legs.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

This is a film where we should be on the edge of our seat as we wait to see what will happen next. There are lives hanging in the balance, but from the way the situation is presented in the film, you'd hardly think that anything is wrong.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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We're impatient for action, any kind of action - but preferably the sort that involves a team of Navy SEALs, maybe led by Dwayne Johnson. Instead, we get something like a merger meeting.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2013
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Though the acting in "A Hijacking" is superb, the film is strictly a "follow-the-dots" offering. This is not entertainment. It is another overwhelmingly depressing foray into corporate greed.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

July 8, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While there's a certain tautness to the result, the many longueurs along the way almost make one yearn for an infusion of good old Hollywood pizzazz.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

August 16, 2013
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

April 8, 2014
Caitlin Hughes
Film School Rejects

Suspense here is not created through pomp and explosions, but through watching a fishing crew caught at gunpoint. Through an incoming fax. Through exponentially growing beads of sweat.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

December 16, 2013
Olivia Collette
RogerEbert.com

The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 16, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week

Tobias Lindholm's slow-burning thriller makes a bid for verisimilitude that extends well beyond the use of natural light and handheld cameras.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B

July 10, 2013
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

A Hijacking is an absorbing, highly moving film that's lingered heavily on the mind for a couple of days now.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

June 20, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Not enough filmmakers make use of pirate culture like Tobias Lindholm does in A Highjacking. By doing so, he reveals human emotions that burn both ends of the candle and create gripping drama from a situation not enough people take seriously.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

May 23, 2013
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

The danger never reaches the level of chaos, but the subtext and metaphor in the slow-moving humanistic commentary on the motivations and byproducts of capitalism make for an intriguing film.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2013
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon

Nail-bitingly intense, thanks to some powerful performances and Tobias Lindholm's strong direction and fantastic script.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2013
Niki Boyle
The List

Lindholm could arguably be praised for succeeding in making the audience experience his characters, but a more stringent editor would have given the film a much keener sense of pace.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2013
Evrim Ersoy
Electric Sheep

A Hijacking is one of the most involving and well-written films to come out this year and is highly recommended to anyone looking for intelligent thrills.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

May 6, 2013
Guy Lodge
Variety
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Tobias Lindholm's superb [film] actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 17, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Playing out as much in the boardrooms of the Danish parent company as it is on the cargo vessel itself, the film is a real eye-opener: when this stuff happens, there's no-one to call for help ... A Hijacking is an exercise in precise filmmaking.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

October 16, 2013
Michael Leader
Little White Lies

Harrowing. A Hijacking may last only a shade under 100 minutes, but the memory, like the captives' trauma, will last much longer.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2013

What keeps things stimulating ... is a genuine sense of reality and how much of your own perception is invested in what you are watching.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2013
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