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A Hijacking Reviews

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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.
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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
July 8, 2013
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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
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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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
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
July 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
June 20, 2013
A Hijacking is an absorbing, highly moving film that's lingered heavily on the mind for a couple of days now.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
May 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
May 9, 2013
Nail-bitingly intense, thanks to some powerful performances and Tobias Lindholm's strong direction and fantastic script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 21, 2013
Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Niki Boyle
The List
February 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Evrim Ersoy
Electric Sheep
May 6, 2013
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.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
September 17, 2012
Tobias Lindholm's superb [film] actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.
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
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
May 9, 2013
Harrowing. A Hijacking may last only a shade under 100 minutes, but the memory, like the captives' trauma, will last much longer.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 4/5
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