Rent A Hijacking (2012)

3.5 of 5 from 347 ratings
1h 39min
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Synopsis:
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 Asbaek) and the engineer Jan (Roland Moller), 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 (Soren Malling) and the Somali pirates.
Actors:
, , , , Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, , Amalie Vulff Andersen, , , Allan Arnby, Bettina Schjerlund, Derrick Dharmakan, Jumamvita, Mikyan 'Thura' Aung, Karim Chakera, Abdi Rashid Yusuf, Abdullah Jamal Mohamed, Hassan Abdullahi Mussa, Mohamed Aden Kher
Directors:
Producers:
Rene Ezra, Tomas Radoor
Voiced By:
Stelios Lambis, Peter Baxter
Writers:
Tobias Lindholm
Aka:
Kapringen
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Denmark, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/08/2013
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
Danish, Swedish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/08/2013
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes

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Reviews (6) of A Hijacking

A foil for Captain Phillips - A Hijacking review by JD

Spoiler Alert
10/01/2014

If you enjoyed Captain Phillips as I did, you will watch this Danish take on the same situation and probably also think that the films run true to national stereotype. The American solution: send in the marines and swot team, the Danes: deep introspection and desperate sadness.The draining stress of 2 months of negotiation from a hijacked ship is tiring to watch. There are some truly awesome scenes of men under huge stress. Most Danish films I have seen have these 2 actors in, its because they are magnificent.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Tense, gripping Dabish film about a ship hijack by Somali pirate (way better than Captain Philips). - A Hijacking review by PV

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2016

This is a great film. It's very tense and gripping, and so claustrophobic and sweaty you can almost feel the African heat oozing through the TV screen into your eyes.

OK, so the Tom Hanks movie Captain Philips was not bad - but as per usual for a Hollywood movie, it had to obey certain rules - use the tropes of an action movie.

This is much more refined and intelligent - all about the dreadful progress of strained negotiations (a Brit actor features here but do not know his name). It's really tense and one really does not know how it will end - well or badly.

This is highly recommended for all intelligent film fans. 5 stars.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

This got my close attention, from start to finish. - A Hijacking review by DW

Spoiler Alert
20/02/2020

Despite the scenario "Ship is held to ransom by Somali pirates", there's no comic book hero to carry us through to a predictable conclusion. The atmosphere is fully realistic, especially the filming in the very restricted spaces on board: the camera man (or woman) must be extremely small!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

A Hijacking (aka Kapringen) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

Hijacking, original Danish title “Kapringen” is a tense European drama about a Danish commercial cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates and held for ransom.

With much of the focus of the film on the attempts by CEO and authorities back home to free the ship and its crew A Hijacking is a far cry from anything Hollywood could possibly produce on the subject; and with the upcoming release of Paul Greengrasses Captain Phillip we’ll soon have the cinematic proof.

Where I can not help but envision Hollywood taking the action hero approach this European drama follows Peter C. Ludvigsen a somewhat reluctant hero who takes it upon himself to negotiate with the dangerous pirates. Played brilliantly by comedian Soren Malling (known for a recurring role in Borgen and Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair) Ludvigsen ignores the advice of others when told to hire a professional negotiator and attempts to solve the problem himself, however the pirates rejection of his first cash offering turn this into a long running affair, where clearly it is going to be more complex than the unwise Ludvigsen initially hoped.

The length of the hijacking takes its toll on those left ashore as well as those aboard the ship, slowly Ludvigsen begins to deteriorate, worn down by the stress and fear that constantly has a hold of him; where one begins the film expecting he will be driven by profit and the companies financial gain we soon see the gentle but wholly believable change as the reality of the situation takes hold.

And reality is what shines most brightly out of this piece overall, the characters lead the entire story and it is their emotions and behaviour that make this such a captivating piece of cinema – never mind the heroes and Hollywood histrionics, A Hijacking offers a brief insight into the harrowing and guilt inducing repercussions of an illegal hijacking.

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