Conclusion: 'A Hijacking' was a movie that caught me totally by surprise. It felt real. The characters were real. Their situation was real. It's a poignant and thrilling tale about how people are forced into uncomfortable situations. Impossible situations. And how they fight back.
Summary: Every year there is a foreign film that emerges from the pack and stands out as that one must-see film. A Hijacking is that film. This and Captain Phillips are meant to be played together as a double feature; normally when two films come along either both are terrible or only one manages to be OK.
Conclusion: Lindholm's account of how a contemporary piracy situation was resolved is far less emotionally satisfying than Captain Phillips , and which is how it should be, because A Hijacking is also more realistic. As Lindholm notes in the extras, there are many people still being held hostage today.
Conclusion: Inspired by true events, Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking should appeal to viewers who appreciate realistic thrillers. Arrow Films' technical presentation of this recent Danish film is very good. The Region-Free Blu-ray release also comes with a few short but very informative supplemental features.
Excerpt: A hostage-negotiation drama that wields its verité style for maximum tension, A Hijacking takes as its basis two real-life incidents in which Somali pirates seized control of Danish ships and held them and their crew for ransom.
Excerpt: A Hijacking —the solo directing debut of Tobias Lindholm, one of the chief writers of the acclaimed Danish TV series Borgen —is a compact, meticulously researched drama about the business end of maritime piracy.