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.
Excerpt: Taut and considered, psychological drama doesn’t come much better than Tobias Lindholm’s romance free tale of modern day piracy A Hijacking . Following on closely from the critical success of Vinterberg’s The Hunt (2012), which Lindholm also penned, this account of Somali pirates boarding a Danish container ship for ransom and the extended negotiation process that ensues mines much of the same tonal ground from within a very different narrative context.