A Hijacking Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kam Williams
Baret News
February 16, 2014
Captain Phillips revisited. How do you say 'I'm the captain now!' in Danish?
| Original Score: 4/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
December 16, 2013
Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
December 16, 2013
A Hijacking achieves considerable power by avoiding the obvious, and staying close to its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Caitlin Hughes
Film School Rejects
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 16, 2013
It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.
Mark Adams
Screen International
December 16, 2013
A tense and intricately shot drama, writer/director Tobias Lindholm's solo debut feature is a powerful and intensely watchable film.
Olivia Collette
RogerEbert.com
December 16, 2013
The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2013
Grim but well-executed gripping fictionalized hostage thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
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.
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 1, 2013
While the drama functions with a thriller's intensity, a cat-and-mouse game played with dollars and automatic weapons, it's really a study in contrasts.
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
October 30, 2013
Lindholm's script presents the hijacking as a problem with no obvious solutions and harrowing human consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
October 28, 2013
If only more movies could slip social messages into their stories as deftly as A Hijacking does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2013
Real tension in a film that puts its characters to the test
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
October 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
October 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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