A Hijacking

A Hijacking

Poster for A Hijacking

A Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen in this procedural thriller. Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, co-writer of 2012's The Hunt. More

"A few days out of harbour in the Indian Ocean, the Danish freighter MV Rozen is captured by Somali pirates, who demand millions in ransom for the return of the ship and its crew. The head of the shipping company, Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling), immediately hires a professional negotiator to work with him - then disregards the expert's advice and insists on dealing with the pirates himself. As the days and weeks drag on with no end in sight, it's clear that the job is much more than Ludvigsen bargained for. Meanwhile, the crew, their families, and the pirates themselves - some of them just kids, some apparently coerced into participating in the hijack - struggle to deal with the ever-mounting pressure, uncertainty, and potential for violence." (Toronto Film Festival)

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2012Rating: R13, Violence, offensive language99 minsDenmarkDanish and Swedish with English subtitles
DramaThrillerWorld Cinema

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A Hijacking | Reviews

Variety

Variety

Lindholm's superb [film] actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.

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Total Film

Total Film

Lindholm’s duck-and- diving camera sticks to them as closely as white on rice, pulling the viewer into the claustrophobic heart of their dilemmas.

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Time Out

Time Out

Starkly commanding thriller cuts out all the action heroics usually associated with hostage movies, replacing them with an underlying, nauseating sense of dread; it's a nail-biter about being under the gun.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An exacting drama out of a crisis on this deft, verite-style account of Somali piracy in the Indian ocean.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A slow burner; intense, utterly engrossing and believable.

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A Hijacking | Release Details

A Hijacking is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.