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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.

Director:

Tobias Lindholm

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
16 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Swedish | English | Japanese | Somali

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hijacking See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,392, 23 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$413,276, 29 September 2013
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Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

When Mikkel (the cook) talks for the first time with his wife and the negationers after the capture, in real life they haven't been talking for months and everything was taken in one shot for authentic matters. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Performed by Hildur Guðnadóttir (Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir) with Guðni Franzson clarinet and bass clarinet
From the album "Without Sinking" (Touch, 2009)
(p) TOUCH MUSIC (MCPS)
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Interesting, but not compelling
9 July 2013 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

"Hijacking" deals with the hijacking of a Danish freighter from the POV of the crew as well as the company. In docudrama like fashion, the scene switches between the crew's ordeal on the boat and the difficulties of negotiating. The focus of the crew is on the cook (Pilou Asbaek) and the negotiations take place between the company's CEO (Soren Malling) and an English speaking pirate (Abdihakin Asgar). Most of these actors will be unknown to American audiences although the Danish actors have considerable experience in European films.

Unfortunately, IMO the writer-director Tobias Lindholm has managed to squeeze almost all the drama and excitement from the experience, and many of the photographic choices do not advance the script (e.g., the long shot closing the film).

Though not compelling, the film is nonetheless interesting, and there are a few scenes that are exceptional (e.g., the catching and eating of a fish).

(FWIW – I was once a POW in an African prison where I spent a month during which the government negotiated (unsuccessfully) for my release, so I have some knowledge of what goes on under these kinds of circumstances, although my situation was obviously different from the one depicted in this film.)


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