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A Hijacking (Kapringen) mini review

A Hijacking Kapringen green light Soren Malling

Harrowing drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting.
I’m “biast” (pro): greatly enjoyed writer-director Tobias Lindholm’s The Hunt

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It plays more like a documentary, this fictional drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t both riveting and exhausting. A Danish cargo ship is captured by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, and you won’t believe how long the telephone negotiations to pay off the pirates and rescue the crew take — every delay is terrifying. Long quiet moments of uncertainty are punctuated by sudden sheer terror, a stark contrast matched by that between the sleek Copenhagen conference room and the squalid deteriorating conditions on the ship, the only locations here. Totally harrowing.


US/Canada release date: Jun 14 2013 | UK release date: May 10 2013

MPAA: rated R for language
BBFC: rated 15 (contains strong language)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a public multiplex screening

official site | IMDb | trailer
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  • RogerBW

    I’d be interested to put this up against Captain Phillips, which presumably has a much bigger budget, and see how they compare…