A Hijacking Reviews

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December 16, 2013
A Hijacking achieves considerable power by avoiding the obvious, and staying close to its characters.
December 16, 2013
It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.
December 16, 2013
The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break.
December 16, 2013
A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.
August 16, 2013
A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verit-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.
August 15, 2013
A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home.
July 22, 2019
holds your attention like a loaded gun to the forehead.
February 2, 2019
The characters, settings and storyline are always immensely believable, providing a fascinating glimpse into the terrifying world of modern day piracy.
February 21, 2018
"A Hijacking" may be a relatively low-key film, but it slowly overwhelms you.
October 31, 2017
The atmospheres of both boardroom and ship are superbly captured. In that thrilling Nordic style, everything feels chillingly real and grips you like ice.
September 5, 2017
This is authentic, nail-digging life and death drama that, like Borgen, is all about maturing character development and power politics.
April 8, 2014
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.
February 16, 2014
Captain Phillips revisited. How do you say 'I'm the captain now!' in Danish?
January 19, 2014
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.
December 16, 2013
Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off.
December 16, 2013
A Hijacking refrains from exploiting or judging the situation, which reminds us that all of the characters think their behavior is justified. Whether any of them is right is left to us to decide.
December 16, 2013
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.
December 16, 2013
A tense and intricately shot drama, writer/director Tobias Lindholm's solo debut feature is a powerful and intensely watchable film.
November 22, 2013
Grim but well-executed gripping fictionalized hostage thriller.
November 19, 2013
This is a taut, tense look into all sides of a hostage negotiation, as well as a hijacking situation. It is very precisely constructed.
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