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Kapringen (2012)

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

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Lars Vestergaard
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Gary Skjoldmose Porter ...
Abdihakin Asgar ...
Amalie Ihle Alstrup ...
Maria Hartmann (as Amalie Alstrup)
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Linda Laursen ...
Anette Ludvigsen
Keith Pearson ...
Kaptajn
Allan Arnby ...
Niels Giversen
Bettina Schjerlund ...
Jytte
Derrick Dharmakan ...
Sømænd
Juma Mvita ...
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Mikyan 'Thura' Aung ...
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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 Production

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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20 September 2012 (Denmark)  »

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A Hijacking  »

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DKK 15,500,000 (estimated)

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$39,392, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$413,276, 29 September 2013
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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 »

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Connor Julian: We can't rush these people. Time is a Western thing. It means nothing to them.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR?
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Epic realism at its finest

Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm is steadily making a name for himself; daring filmmaker not afraid to take chances and it pays off in this one.

Kapringen (A Hijacking) is sort of the antithesis of a Hollywood hostage drama devoid of tired clichés and the predictable story lines we -- as an audience of generational film-goers -- have become too accustomed to.

It features an incredibly in-depth character study from the two main characters: a chef aboard the hijacked ship and the CEO of the shipping company remotely negotiating with the Somali pirates dealing with the incredible pressure and moral dilemmas of the situation. Also the supporting characters are depicted with great nuances such as sympathy and even humanity.

The plot is tight and flows nicely as does the tempo of the film. Cinematography beautifully emphasizes the realism and atmosphere of the film, and even the score is wonderfully understated yet fully appropriate.

One of the most suspenseful films of the year, no doubt, perhaps it embodies everything that Argo should have been about.

As a side note, the person who gave this a horrible review also gave The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2009) a perfect 10/10 (go ahead and click his other reviews if you don't believe me). Take from that what you will.

A highly recommendable film for great acting, directing and general storytelling. Bravo.


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