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 18, 2013
This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.
July 11, 2013
Gripping and tightly focused.
July 11, 2013
Lindholm rations the meat and potatoes of plot to keep us captive at the bargaining table. It's a sadistic ploy that produces a real payoff.
July 5, 2013
A Hijacking is one of those perfect films that crop up every few years to prove that with true artistry, even the most exhausted genre can yield something new, rich, and strange.
July 4, 2013
Lindholm justifies his confidence in a visual approach that's refreshingly realistic.
June 27, 2013
To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn't thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way.
June 27, 2013
It's the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat.
June 21, 2013
Lindholm doesn't present the film as a procedural for hostage negotiations because he knows too well that there are too many movable parts, too many things that can go wrong.
June 21, 2013
Methodical and tense ... has the feel of something based on real-life events ... boils down to an arresting portrait of two men, with different backgrounds and abilities, doing everything they can not to break.
June 21, 2013
This absorbing chronicle of a hijacking in the Indian Ocean has the strengths of the best procedural dramas -- it assumes a distanced and objective tone and packs an emotional wallop.
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.
June 21, 2013
Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.
June 20, 2013
No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative clichs the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains.
June 20, 2013
Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.
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