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Film still from A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm’s verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Film still from A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm’s verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key

(Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

A Hijacking: Hostage thriller turns focus to the cost of saving lives Add to ...

  • Directed by Tobias Lindholm
  • Written by Tobias Lindholm
  • Starring Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling
  • Classification 14A
  • Genre thriller
  • Year 2012
  • Country Denmark
  • Language English with subtitles

A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm’s verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.

The ship’s genial cook (Pilou Asbaek) gradually unravels over the four months it takes the pirates to negotiate ransom terms with the shipping company CEO (Soren Malling), and Lindholm’s movie, A Hijacking, becomes as much about the chasm separating boardroom from boat deck as it is about crime on the high seas.

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While the company haggles to bring down the price for saving its employees’ lives, the hostages themselves live uneasily in close quarters with their captors, a situation made more unnerving by the fact that the pirates can join in a birthday party one moment and thrust a gun barrel to a hostage’s head the next.

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