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A Hijacking [DVD]

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  • Actors: Pilou Asbæk
  • Directors: Tobias Lindholm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Danish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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 and the engineer Jan, 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 and the Somali pirates.

Customer Reviews

Sad to think that this really does happen to people at sea.
Roni B
The cast really rises to the occasion and makes this film sink down in the themes presented.
Andrew Ellington
There was no training about how to interact with maniacs with automatic weapons.
The Separator

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I caught this movie just this weekend here in Cincinnati as a presentation of the non-profit Cincinnati World Cinema. So glad I did.

"A Hijacking" (2012 release from Denmark; 103 min.) brings the story of the crew on a container ship which is on the Indian Ocean on its way to Mumbai, but gets hijacked by a group of Somali pirates. As the movie opens, we get to know Mikkel, the Danish cook on the ship, making a phone call to his wife and young daughter. We also get to know Peter, the CEO of the shipping company back in Denmark. We learn of the hijacking when Peter gets a note slipped in front of him during a meeting. Peter hires a consultant who has experience dealing with this particular situation. Meanwhile, back on the ship, the crew is not treated well by the pirates, and I'm being mild, as the days and weeks go by, while the translator for the pirates and the CEO are trading phone calls over the release money. The pirates are asking a ransom of $12 million and the CEO initially counters with $250,000. Will they come to a resolution? Will the crew make it back home safely? To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is one tough and chilling, but ultimately riveting movie. The events in this movie are apparently a composite of real life events that have happened involving modern day sea piracy. Beware: this movie is not for the faint of heart. The crew gets subjected to all kinds of physical and psychological abuse by the pirates. There are a number of scenes for which I simply closed my eyes, there is no "Hollywood sugarcoating" in this movie!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vivek K. Sarawgi on November 10, 2013
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I am a merchant marine officer. I have sailed for nearly 40 years. This is very true account of what really happens. There are no Hollywood heroics or super stars. Life for many ordinary sailors is very hard and most of the time the owners do not care about them. The bottom line counts. If you want to see a real life story go and see this movie or purchase this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 12, 2013
Format: DVD
Danish director and screenwriter Tobias Lindholm delivers a taut thriller in an unusual and certainly non-Hollywood way. Using a documentary style complete with hand held cameras, Lindholm captures the hijacking of Danish cargo ship MV Rozen and the subsequent negotiations between the pirates and the corporate CEO to get the crew released.

The Danes don't have the military might of America to come to their rescue so the give and take between pirate negotiator Omar (Abdihakin Asgar) and Peter (Soren Malling) create the primary focus. But this isn't one of those quickly negotiated settlements. It lasts 7 months. Seven months of hell for the crew of the Rozen and their families. The brutality of the pirates is mostly limited to psychological mistreatment, compounded by a lack of food, water and sanitation. And Lindholm lays it all out there for the viewer to experience.

The captain of the ship becomes ill, so Lindholm centers in on the ship's cook, Mikkel (superb Pilou Asbaek). His original upbeat persona gives way to deep depression as isolation and deteriorating conditions take their toll. The film splits its time between being on the ship and being in the corporate boardroom. Like most financial negotiations, it's just a matter of time as the two side each throw figures at each other that will eventually get the crew released. Just what is the price for their freedom?

While the pirates are certainly seen as bad guys, they do have moments of humanity. This is most evident when the crew persuades the pirates to allow them to fish off the side of the ship. This brings in a nice catch which crew and captors both celebrate. Alas, the pirate's soon resort to their jobs of intimidation. This isn't an easy film to watch at times. As I said, it plays like a real life documentary.
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The Danish film industry seems poised to take over Hollywood's movie-making mantel, as they've been making a lot of the kind of film that it is no longer profitable for Hollywood to make. "A Hijacking" ("Kapringen") is the latest of a handful of solid Danish dramas that I've seen in the past couple of years. It follows the plights, and deteriorating mental states, of two men touched by the hijacking of a cargo ship. The Danish ship the MV Rozen, en route to Mumbai, is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) is particularly harassed by the pirates, as they always want to be fed. In Denmark, the shipping company's CEO Peter (Søren Malling) has the weight of the world on his shoulders as he attempts an interminable negotiation with the pirates though their intermediary and translator Omar (Abdihakin Asgar).

Tobias Lindholm both wrote and directed "A Hijacking". The ship's scenes were genuinely filmed on a ship, for which the audience is grateful once we get out of the cramped quarters to which the hostages have been confined. I was pretty glad to see the sea and sunshine too. Mikkel interacts primarily with his captors and with the Captain (Keith Pearson), who has taken ill, and the friendly Chief Engineer (Roland Møller). It's a good performance, but Mikkel's arc seems contrived in the end, which I think is the film's only flaw. It's Peter the CEO who got my sympathy. He is an expert negotiator who feels he can function in that role better than anyone so ignores the advice of a specialist to use an outside negotiator. In doing so, he places himself in an impossible predicament, waiting constantly for a phone call, only to refuse the pirates' demands and wait...repeatedly.
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