Down 53 this week

A Hijacking (2012)
"Kapringen" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  20 September 2012 (Denmark)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 10,485 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 38 user | 140 critic | 26 from

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 14 Mar 2013
a list of 31 titles
created 24 Jul 2013
a list of 34 titles
created 06 Dec 2013
a list of 28 titles
created 03 Mar 2014
a list of 30 titles
created 11 months ago

Related Items

Search for "A Hijacking" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Hijacking (2012)

A Hijacking (2012) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Hijacking.

User Polls

16 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

R (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward... See full summary »

Directors: Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer
Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Roland Møller
Submarino (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on true events, two notorious and provocative figures of modern Danish history, Spies and Glistrup, provide a radical view on liberty through money, sex and drugs.

Director: Christoffer Boe
Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Nicolas Bro, Jesper Christensen
Northwest (2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

18-year-old Caspar wants to reach the top, no matter what. He carries out small-time break-ins for Jamal, before moving on to work for big player Björn. All goes well, until Jamal's gang ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Noer
Stars: Gustav Dyekjær Giese, Oscar Dyekjær Giese, Lene Maria Christensen
April 9th (2015)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle... See full summary »

Director: Roni Ezra
Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Pilou Asbæk, Joachim Fjelstrup
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Helen, who is a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Henrik Birch, Søren Malling
Blue Ruin (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
The Arms Drop (2014)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

One night in December 1995, 4 tons of weapons fall from the sky over India. A few days later a Danish man returns to Denmark with a grave secret. Only when an English arms dealer is ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Koefoed
Stars: Musta Ali, Mikhail Belinson, Sami Darr
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The murder of young twins initially implicates a group of upper class students as the killers, though the case takes a turn or two from its starting point.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Stars: Fares Fares, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, David Dencik
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Stille hjerte (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three generations of a family coming together over a weekend. A sick mother's wish to die before her disease worsens gets harder to handle as old conflicts come to the surface.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Ghita Nørby, Morten Grunwald, Paprika Steen
A War (2015)
Drama | War

Company commander Claus Michael Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in Helmand, Afghanistan. Meanwhile back in Denmark, with a husband at war and three children missing their ... See full summary »

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikkel Hartmann
Peter C. Ludvigsen
Lars Vestergaard
Roland Møller ...
Jan Sørensen
Gary Skjoldmose Porter ...
Connor Julian
Abdihakin Asgar ...
Amalie Ihle Alstrup ...
Maria Hartmann (as Amalie Alstrup)
Amalie Vulff Andersen ...
Kamilla Hartmann
Linda Laursen ...
Anette Ludvigsen
Keith Pearson ...
Allan Arnby ...
Niels Giversen
Bettina Schjerlund ...
Derrick Dharmakan ...
Jumamvita ...
Mikyan 'Thura' Aung ...


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 Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




| | | |

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Hijacking  »

Box Office


DKK 15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,392 (USA) (21 June 2013)


$413,276 (USA) (27 September 2013)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


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 Kenya. See more »


Connor Julian: We can't rush these people. Time is a Western thing. It means nothing to them.
See more »


Version of Stolen Seas (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An unsettling, near-perfect film that does for sailing what #Jaws did for swimming
14 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

A Danish cargo ship, MV Rozen, is hijacked by Somali pirates en route to Mumbai. The pirates, led by Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), who claims only to be the negotiator, take the crew of seven hostage and demand a ransom of $19 million in return for the ship and their lives. After an unnerving silence lasting days, Omar engages Peter Ludvigsen (Søren Malling), CEO of the shipping company, in a psychological game of negotiation that shreds the nerves of both Peter and the hostages.

Kapringen (A Hijacking) focuses on Peter, who shuns the offer of a trained negotiator, and three of his crew: Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk), the ship's cook; Jan (Roland Møller), an engineer; and the captain (Keith Pearson). With pressure from the board to resolve the situation, the burden of facing distraught family members and his own guilt at being unable to solve the crises with an instant payment, Peter struggles to gain the upper hand where his failure will mean the deaths of his men.

Tobias Lindholm, who co-wrote 2012's excellent Jagten (The Hunt) writes and directs this critically acclaimed film with a similar approach, refusing to spoon feed us with gimmickry or overstated episodes, instead preferring to leave us to join the dots, to imagine what is happening in the hours, days and weeks that Kapringen passes over. Lindholm understands that our fears are greatest when we cannot see or define them. As soon as the monster in a horror film is revealed, it ceases to be terrifying, and so it is in Kapringen. It's just that the monster isn't a vampire; it's isolation, the loss of basic human rights and the constant terror of impending execution.

As the weeks unfold, we make assumptions about the nature of the horror that occurs behind the locked cabin doors. For much of the time we don't know what is occurring as Lindholm exercises the same power as Omar. When he's revealed all he wants, he simply hangs up, cuts away, to leave us wondering. The only palpable evidence is Mikkel's increased shuffling and enhanced stoop as he cowers in the hijackers' presence and withdraws into himself.

Asbæk's performance is complete. We watch him decay in mind and body and can almost smell the sweat and fear on him. His resolve evaporates and he clings to any hope or kindness even though it comes from his tormentors.

Conversely, Asgar is cold as Omar, clearly the only character enjoying the experience. He's been here numerous times and has perfected the duel personas of good cop/bad cop offering kindness and threatening murder as if he, himself, is the victim. It is a chilling situation that feels too real to be entirely comfortable and does for sailing what Jaws did for swimming almost 40 years ago.

There is an oddness in the performance of Gary Skjoldmose-Porter as Conor Julian, the maritime hijack expert called in by the shipping company. With no other listings on IMDb but a job as Corporate Security Manager at Clipper Group, he appears to have been recruited to 'be' the adviser rather than cast to 'play' him. His (lack of?) acting prowess jars at times but the impression he gives of improvising his advice as the actors around him play their own parts in the crisis adds a certain depth and reality to Kapringen.

Malling (A Royal Affair and TV's The Killing and Borgen) gives a very restrained, but moving performance as a man who takes control through his arrogance but also needs to take responsibility so as not to feel impotent. Attacked from every side in subtle ways, he somehow manages to absorb the extreme stress and when he does shows signs of buckling, it is understanding and a relief to see that he is human.

Kapringen is a film with little action and barely a raised voice but the violence is unsettling and you'll find yourself wondering what on earth sane men and women are doing sailing around the world with such risks.

Kapringen is a film you'll struggle to find at the multiplexes so make the effort to seek it out at an arts cinema. Or wait for the DVD. Just see it.

For more reviews from The Squiss, subscribe to my blog and like the Facebook page.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I have a feeling that Omar was in fact the leader of the pirates dkutz
Captain Phillips KodostheExecutioner
The movie is good, but where exactly was the 'nail-biting tension'? thedude00
Loved it, but there's one annoying flaw matisoff
Annoying Flaw in one Scene drumgod101
Kind of surprised they didnot try to fight back booger_t_williams
Discuss A Hijacking (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: