Summary: You might recognise an actor or two from The Killing and more recently The Bridge, those nordic dramas that have made it to the BBC. This film has that nordic feel too, with some solid acting and a genuine attempt to make it as "realistic" as possible. Still, realism is not why we watch movies, I would say, and the film suffers from a genuine lack of suspense. Yes, you want to know how it will pan out, but you do not feel that emotionally connected to the characters.
Summary: Director Lindholm, a graduate of the Dogma school, creates such immense tension without the use of time-watching techniques and other on-screen antics prominent in other hijacking films, in an absorbing and carefully woven thriller that focuses on emotion as seen from the eyes of one victim (the chef) and the CEO of the shipping company.
Summary: A very well-acted film, thanks to its two leads. It avoids any action movie cliches, in favor of the drama and thriller of the negotiation process, and the toll it takes on everybody involved.
Summary: "A Hijacking" features excellent performances from two protagonists, delivered in an unflinching fashion that lays out the scenario, and simply allows the raw emotions to transpire on their own. The timing of the release on Blu-Ray coincides with the theatrical release of "Captain Phillips," which stars Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass. The films both tell the same story of cargo freighters hijacked by Somali pirates who seek millions in ransom.
Summary: I have traversed the Gulf of Aden twice, the piece of ocean between Yemen and Somalia notorious for it’s pirates. I was somewhat familiar with the methods that pirates use when commandeering ships to demand ransoms, but to appreciate the events of Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking no sailing experience is necessary.
Excerpt: This should more accurately be called the Negotiation. It is all about a long range exchange between pirates on the ship and a small shipping company in Denmark. Most of the dialogue is in Danish or very rough Somali English or Danish English. Unfortunately a decision was taken to only subtitle the Danish, the rest of the dialogue is either very hard to make out or incomprehensible. What a silly thing to do! The picture quality is only average and has a strong blue tint.
Summary: The suspense is not just carried out between the hijacked ship crew and their captors, but also back at shipping HQ where the CEO declines advice to use an outside negotiator and instead installs himself as the mouthpiece in direct talks with the "translator" of the Somali pirates. It's nail biting stuff.
Summary: The amount of intimacy created by director Tobias Lindholm resulted in only one of the finest releases of the year right here, led by a splendid performance from Pilou Asbaek, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite emerging young actors in recent years.
Summary: A Danish movie which is not an action movie as it's name might suggest but rather a suspense movie. A cargo ship is taken over by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Ransom negotiations between the pirates and the company owner are the focus of the movie. Acting of two leads is superb. I think it's another Oscar contender.