Monday, September 21, 2015

A Hijacking (2012)

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Moller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, Amalie Ihle Alstrup

A Danish merchant ship called 'Rosen' sailing through the Indian Ocean is hijacked by pirates (yes, they do really exist outside of Disney), sending most of the crew into a spin and threatening passengers at gunpoint. Mikkel (Asbaek), the ships cook, has first-hand contact with the captives, anxious to return to his wife and child while on land negotiators try their hardest to negotiate a deal.

Fresh off the heels of writing the acclaimed film The Hunt, Lindholm is one amazing director and creator of interesting characters. Using a large mix of relatively inexperienced and unknown actors, he's managed to pull off an incredible 'you-are-there' experience that purely is what it is. It may not bare much scrutiny upon several viewings and it's not some peoples idea of entertainment, but it's certainly a proud-making film.

In interesting comparison, another hijacking ship film Captain Phillips - also based on real experiences - was released at the same time. However, while a Hollywood film goes simply for the drama, this one embellishes the small things. The sense of hopelessness, boredom and adrenaline. It's pure suspense that doesn't resort to monsters or superheroes, it's just simple, old-fashioned filmmaking.


4/5

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