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A Hijacking

By CURTIS WOLOSCHUK
Those in search of a little swashbuckling best look elsewhere. Though based on a true story of contemporary high-seas piracy, Tobias Lindholm's slow-burning thriller makes a bid for verisimilitude that extends well beyond the use of natural light and handheld cameras. In this follow-up to his prison drama R, the Danish writer-director again explores the psychological effects of confinement. When Somali pirates overrun a cargo ship, the cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) struggles to keep it together as the sense of an awful and imminent end cedes to the dreadful suspicion that he's actually been condemned to an inescapable limbo. And how else is he to feel as ransom negotiations between his captors and Peter (Søren Malling), the shipping company's president, grow ridiculously protracted? While Mikkel's bid to retain his dignity earns our sympathy, Peter's attempts to save face demand our rapt attention. Having previously displayed his own predatory instincts, the executive now faces adversaries who can more than match his callousness. By staging his study of brinksmanship on two fronts, Lindholm illustrates how a brutal ordeal for those in the line of fire might amount to just a bad day at the office for the suits calling the shots.
 

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  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
  • Country: Denmark
  • Language: Danish
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language ]
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: Søren Malling [Peter C. Ludvigsen], Johan Asbaek [Mikkel Hartmann], Dar Salim [Lars Vestergaard], Amalie Ihle Alstrup [Maria Hartmann], Ole Dupont [Skibsreder], Roland Moller [Jan Sørensen]
  • Directed by: Tobias Lindholm [Director], Rene Ezra [Producer], Tomas Radoor [Producer], Thomas Heinesen [Executive Producer], Henrik Zein [Executive Producer], Lena Haugaard [Executive Producer], Hildur Guðnadóttir [Original Music], Adam Nielsen [Film Editor], Gro Therp [Casting]
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