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

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

Dec 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Dec 16, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Dec 16, 2013 | Full Review…

A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.

Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home.

Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.

Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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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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

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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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Very good Drama, A Hijacking is a riveting film about what goes when a ship is high jacked by pirates and how the company tries to negotiate the release of its crew by agreeing to the pirates demands. Following the crew and the heads of the company who own the ship, the story is a back and forth game agreeing on a deal for the ships release. Brilliantly shot, acted and directed, A Hijacking is really a movie told in subtlety. The plot is simple, yet engaging, gripping and tense. If you're going into this film expecting a film like Captain Phillips, you'll sadly be disappointed as this film isn't an action drama, like that film. This movie is more of a take on the negotiations with pirates to safely release the crew, so it's not action film, but nonetheless it is a fine picture that boasts a riveting story. What really does stand out in the film is the acting. I thought the cast were very good in their parts and the actor who played the cook was very good, and brought the despair of the hostage situation in a way that really stood out. A Hijacking is a terrific picture, one that will keep you involved from start to finish. Although different, A Hijacking is memorable drama film that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a well structured drama. This is a riveting picture that chronicles the ordeal of coming under a piracy-hostage situation perfectly. Even if Captain Phillips was an action packed, riveting thriller, this picture is equally as stunning, but is more subtle in showing the ordeal of the crew and it works well, because A Hijacking is a fine movie that is constantly riveting and doesn't falter.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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