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A Hijacking (2012)

Kapringen (original title)
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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.


Tobias Lindholm


Tobias Lindholm
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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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Strong drama about fear and responsibility
13 July 2013 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

This hostage drama shows two different worlds: the despair of the crew on a vessel that has been hijacked by Somalian pirates, and the concern of the management of their shipping company in Copenhagen. The juxtaposition of these two worlds, connected by a dramatic event, is the strong cinematographic concept this film is built on.

The two worlds are very different. The crew on the ship is terrified by armed pirates they can't understand. They are locked up in a small room, where fear, heat, boredom and lack of food slowly drive them crazy. The managers in their design offices are dressed in tailored suits, wear cuff-links and drive limousines. Their fear is different, but far from negligible. The CEO chooses to personally negotiate with the pirates, and thus takes on the responsibility for the lives of his crew members. He is under great pressure from their families, from his board, and from the possibility that the press will report about the hijacking.

Director Lindholm focuses on two characters: the CEO of the shipping company and the cook on the vessel. The hijacking takes its toll on both of them, in different ways. The film switches from the clean offices in Copenhagen, where the CEO negotiates about the ransom, to the ship where the cook lives in continuous fear of being killed. The psychological approach of the film makes for great drama. Plus: this is a Danish film, so you can be sure the focus is on subtle human interaction, not on spectacular action scenes. The fact that the moment of the hijacking itself is not even shown, tells it all.

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Danish | English | Somali

Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


DKK15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,392, 23 June 2013

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Production Co:

Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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