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The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates. Written by
To make the phone call scenes between Søren Malling and Pilou Asbæk appear authentic on film, director Tobias Lindholm filmed those scenes as actual conference calls with Malling being in Denmark and Asbæk being in Somalia. See more »
Danish cargo ship, MV Rozen, on its way to Mumbai is hijacked by Somali pirates, and hostages are taken. Now the CEO Peter Ludvigsen (Soren Malling) of the shipping company must negotiate with the pirates, who are demanding $15-million. The company doesn't want to pay that amount.
I suppose it was only a matter of time that a movie was made of the Somali pirates and here we are. Yes, yes, I know you are waiting for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS with Tom Hanks, and MAN OF STEEL isn't out yet, but this is what we have now.
The main character is Mikkel Hartmann (Pilou Asbaek), a cook. What? I hope you weren't expecting Steven Seagal as in UNDER SIEGE. No, this is a very slow, but realistic portrayal of Somali pirates, their hostages and the negotiations with CEO Peter Ludvigsen in Denmark. The director could have made this a more exciting Hollywood ride with CGI and all that goes with it, but by doing it this way, he ratchets up the tension to such a point it's like we, too, are hostages hoping bad things don't happen and that payment to the pirates is made quickly.
Most scenes involve Mikkel in his galley, and the offices in Denmark with Peter leading strategy sessions and taking advice from a professional hostage negotiator. So it's not like we are seeing the pirates treating the hostages badly. We don't see most of the hostages until near the end of the movie. We never saw the pirates boarding the ship. It's really quite a cat and mouse talk-fest, but one that hinges on getting the crew out safely while negotiating the payment. These bargaining sessions are dragged out, but this is the way they probably have happened in real life.
Most of the movie is a back and forth between the ship and the offices in Denmark. Everything is done by telephone and fax. The acting is first rate all around. The pirates use their own negotiator, Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), who is not a member of the pirates.
There are sub-titles and English mixed in. The sub-titles are short and to the point. Some F-bombs appear in the sub-titles as well as spoken in English.
This probably isn't for everyone, but is quite an eye-opener regarding the Somali pirates and the negotiations that take place. You would be shocked to learn how many days the negotiations lasted.
There is quite a shocker almost at the end that took us by surprise. (7/10)
Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes and in sub-titles too.
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