A Hijacking Reviews
Alternating its drama between a cargo ship MV Rozen that gets hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, and the head office of the shipping company where the negotiation on the ransom demanded by the Somalis takes place, the film has two protagonists (unlike Captain Phillips). First the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) who along with the rest of the seamen endure a lengthy period living in subhuman conditions as they are taken hostage. Then we have the chief executive of the shipping company, Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling) who must battle a psychological drama as he negotiates for his crew's freedom at a glacial pace, with the pirate translator, Omar (Abdihakin Asgar). When the ship's captain falls ill, Mikkel finds himself trapped between his attempt to get on the good side with the pirates and at the same time unwillingly becoming their primary negotiating tool that could end his life.
A minimalist mastery, the story slowly but surely grips you at a tidy pace as the situation winches tighter. Lindholm chooses not to even show how the Somalis take over the ship, and focuses on the psychological build-up with the characters being stuck in cramped, confined situations for extended periods. A compelling experience to watch Mikkel and his friends' fragile fate pendulate at the mercy of the mercurial moods of the pirates, and the palpitating drama unfolding in the head office as Ludvigsen painstakingly fights for his men's lives. The cast delivers a moving performance. Both considered worthy films, but I'm definitely a bigger fan of the Danish version compared to Greengrass' Captain Phillips.
A Danish Captain Philips but even more intense. Great story, well acted with a shocking ending. Psychologically taut from both the CEO's perspective and the crew held hostage perspective. This was a great movie.