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A Hijacking


Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Denmark, 2012
Drama, Thriller


The cargo ship “MV Rozen” is heading for harbor when it is boarded and captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean.

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A Hijacking Directed by Tobias Lindholm
…One surprise worth reporting about Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking is its whisper-quiet sense of absurdist humor. We’re talking about trace elements of the surreal, as if the blunt-edge gags in fellow Danish auteur Lars Von Trier’s The Boss of It All were rendered subliminal, but it’s there, and it’s one thing among many that points to a director of great attentiveness, tact, and wily intelligence.
October 16, 2013
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The more Peter’s sense of personal responsibility grows, the more he seems caged in on all sides, rebuffed by the Somalis but equally hampered by his superiors, who provide him with financial offers a fraction of what the pirates demand. A Hijacking thus becomes an intriguing update on Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low, in which the individual stake of a mogul’s wealth is replaced by money technically owned by shareholders.
June 23, 2013
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A Hijacking’’ is Lindholm’s second feature as director; he’s also worked with such austere Danes as Thomas Vinterberg of Dogme 95 fame. What he’s learned, it seems, is how to strip away distractions, and let character become suspense, as well as destiny.
June 21, 2013
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