A Hijacking
A Hijacking (2013)

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense, gripping thriller, A Hijacking avoids action movie cliches and instead creates a palpable sense of dread by mixing gritty realism with atmospheric beauty.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.

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Jason Solomons
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The atmospheres of both boardroom and ship are superbly captured. In that thrilling Nordic style, everything feels chillingly real and grips you like ice.

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Olivia Collette

The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

This is authentic, nail-digging life and death drama that, like Borgen, is all about maturing character development and power politics.

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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter

A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

It aims to not allow you to leave the theater without empathizing with victims of such real-life violence. And that's what makes the film so memorable - and haunting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Somali pirates seize a Danish freighter and demand millions of dollars in ransom for safe return of the crew. This worthy companion to CAPTAIN PHILLIPS focuses… More
Alex roy
Very good Drama, A Hijacking is a riveting film about what goes when a ship is high jacked by pirates and how the company tries to negotiate the release of its… More
Dan Schultz
A nail-biting suspense story concerning a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates, and how the crew cope with their new found circumstances, while their… More
Caesar Mendez
Negotiations that wager a person's life are the kind of experience that are not made into films enough. Such a subject to be adapted as a film can hit a… More
Sam Barnett
This film takes a very different and more understated route than the other Somalian pirate hijacking movie from this year, "Captain Phillips". Yet,… More
Walter M.
In "A Hijacking," Mikkel(Pilou Asbaek) is a cook who has the tough job that to inform his wife Maria(Amalie Ihle Alstrup) that he will be returning… More