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Date Screened: 14th October 2013

Synopsis

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.

DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm

STARRING:
Pilou Asbæk , Søren Malling , Dar Salim

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

LANGUAGE: Danish

COUNTRY: Denmark

BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 88%

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Reviews

The Guardian logo
Danish director Tobias Lindholm spins an exacting drama out of a crisis on this deft, verite-style account of Somali piracy in the Indian ocean. Full credit to A Hijacking for resisting the siren-call of Hollywood histrionics in favour of the nuts-and-bolts … Click here for the full review
telegraph
One day; four days; fifteen; forty-three. Time piles up like unwashed dishes in Tobias Lindholm’s vigorously intelligent hostage thriller, set on board a rust-scarred tub that is besieged by pirates in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Lindholm is the writer of the acclaimed Danish television series Borgen, and he infuses every frame of his second film with the slow-burn, high-tension pungency of a particularly addictive DVD box set … Click here for the full review

Mark Kermode

Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words, Mark Kermode is the UK’s leading film critic.Feted as one of the finest film reviewers of his generation as well as for his impeccably-coiffured quiff, Mark Kermode presents the film review on Radio 5 live with Simon Mayo in a broadcast partnership that has lasted nearly 20 years.
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Empire Online logo
In Hollywood hostage dramas the ship’s cook would usually be either a Steven Seagal with a backstory as a commando and mixed martial artist or a Bruce Willis-type maverick who will outwit the baddies in a series of demented action set-pieces. There will be lots of melodrama elsewhere, with shrieking relatives urging the rescue of their loved ones while official types sweat over strategies. But this is a Danish film, and it’s a lot more sophisticated than that … Click here for the full review and rating
total-film

Hollywood could learn some lessons from Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, co-writer of recent award-winning drama The Hunt.

This story of a Scandinavian cargo ship taken over by Somali pirates may sound a bit like Under Siege without the action, but it’s actually a ruthlessly plausible thriller, stripped clean of music and melodrama, and all the more engrossing for it … Click here for the full review and rating

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