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.
Excerpt: It's not at all surprising that A Hijacking , a Danish film about a pirate hijacking, is being released on Blu-ray just as Captain Phillips , an American feature about pirate hijacking, hits theaters. Obviously A Hijacking (Blu-ray) hopes to benefit from the publicity around the Hollywood film, and there's no crime in that.
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: 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?
Summary: It's no surprise that Magnolia Home Entertainment is issuing Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking on home video to coincide with the theatrical release of Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips . Both films tell the story of cargo freighters hijacked by Somali pirates who seek millions in ransom for the crew. Except for the basic subject matter, though, the two films could not be more dissimilar.
Summary: Winner of Bodil Award for Best Danish Film, Tobias Lindholm's "Kapringen" a.k.a "A Hijacking" (2012) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Films. The supplemental features on the disc include an original trailer for the film; raw footage from the shooting of the film; interview with director Tobias Lindholm, video interviews with actors Pilou Asbæk and Soren Malling; and more.
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.
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.
Summary: Further proof that the Danes really are the European kings of drama. Writer-director Tobias Lindholm’s Somali pirates thriller ratchets up the tension both onboard and back home in the boardroom. Cleverly eschewing the normal focus on the violent boarding itself, it instead hones in on the negotiations between the pirates’ seemingly laid-back negotiator (Abdihakin Asgar) and Soren Malling’s initially cocky corporate man. I found myself absorbed from start to finish.