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. With strong audio and video this is one you'll want to seek out in case you haven't heard about it. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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. A Hijacking is a film that delivers a punch and just takes you back when you realize this is what is really going on in that part of the world.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for a taut, realistic thriller (and don't mind a film mostly spoken in Danish), A Hijacking 's portrayal of a cargo ship taken over by Somali pirates makes for a decent watch. Director Tobias Lindholm oversaw this tense drama in a quasi-documentary style similar to what Paul Greengrass did with United 93 , but dodgy choices and a flagging pace make this the inferior film of the two. . What Do You Think?
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. "I couldn't make a film about the truth of the hijackings in the Indian Ocean, because I don't believe that truth exists", Lindholm has said.
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. RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
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. In this case, little context is necessary, as the basics suffice: A cargo ship headed for Mumbai is overtaken by Somali gunmen, who through a translator named Omar (Abdihakin Asgar) demand from the parent shipping company $15 million.
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. Never depicting the titular attack, it instead focuses on the ransom negotiations between a Danish corporation and the Somalian pirates who’ve captured one of their cargo ships.