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.
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.