A Hijacking

(Denmark, 2012, 110 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salem, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar


The writer of VIFF-favourite The Hunt fashions a lean, taut, morally ambiguous Scandinavian thriller out of the facts of the hijacking of a Danish-owned cargo boat by Somali pirates (the very incident captured in the documentary Stolen Seas, screening at Vancity Theatre immediately before this show).

Lindholm cuts back and forth between events on the MV Rosen after pirates hold the crew at gunpoint, and the boardroom back in Copenhagen, where the CEO of the shipping company declines to let a professional negotiator handle the ransom demand, insisting that as a successful businessman he is better equipped to strike a deal than anyone. It’s a high stakes strategy with the lives of his employees on the line.

96% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes

"No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative clichés the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"A nail-biter of a thriller." Geoff Pevere, Globe & Mail