An unbearably tense thriller that exists in two worlds. The first is the harsh and brutal circumstances of the seamen and their captors, the second is a cold, tight-lipped boardroom where the CEO and his team make low offer after low offer with hopes of saving money, more so than the crew. The photography was gritty and restrained, while the performances felt genuine. A great effort - leagues above Captain Phillips.
Refreshingly free of heroics, the film crafts believable and empathetic central characters. Lindholm turns a subject matter replete with waiting and boredom into a riveting watch by careful balancing of the stories of those involved. However, the film's tight focus comes at the cost of showing the motives and lives of the Somali pirates.
From the writer of The Hunt (jagten), Kapringen is a surprisingly frustrating film on a logic level that disables it before it really gets a chance. Documentary-like in style it's real strength is the performance from lead Pilou Asbæk as the ships cook who's both fresh and full of nuance as a family man slowly coming apart during the long ordeal. Lindholm also wrote Submarino a few years back. 3 stars
I'm always going to find this shit magnetic: elision, omission, anticlimax, brutal realism, hard ironies, excruciating tension, tight focus, obsession with detail. Give me a guy in a room who has to "make the call" and I'm there, period. That Lindholm handles that scenario with finesse, making it affecting and complex, is icing on the cake.