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A Hijacking

Tension mounts when a Danish cargo ship bound for harbor is hijacked by Somali pirates and held for a hefty ransom in the millions, prompting the shipping company's CEO to hire a professional negotiator.
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A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.
Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter  full review
 
A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verite-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.
Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail  full review
 
A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star  full review
 
This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
Gripping and tightly focused.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Lindholm rations the meat and potatoes of plot to keep us captive at the bargaining table. It's a sadistic ploy that produces a real payoff.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  full review
 
A Hijacking is one of those perfect films that crop up every few years to prove that with true artistry, even the most exhausted genre can yield something new, rich, and strange.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Lindholm justifies his confidence in a visual approach that's refreshingly realistic.
John Hartl, Seattle Times  full review
 
To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn't thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
 
It's the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
Lindholm doesn't present the film as a procedural for hostage negotiations because he knows too well that there are too many movable parts, too many things that can go wrong.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Methodical and tense ... has the feel of something based on real-life events ... boils down to an arresting portrait of two men, with different backgrounds and abilities, doing everything they can not to break.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
We're impatient for action, any kind of action - but preferably the sort that involves a team of Navy SEALs, maybe led by Dwayne Johnson. Instead, we get something like a merger meeting.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
 
No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative cliches the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
 
"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
This feature film shows how much tension, telling detail and sheer dramatic expertise can be squeezed into a running time of less than two hours.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
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