Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Hijacking (Kapringen) (2012)

Director: Tobias Lindholm. Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim. 103 min. Rated R. Denmark. Drama/Thriller.

A Danish ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, so it's impossible to watch this without making comparisons to this year's Captain Philips, which thankfully sheds light on A Hijacking's strengths. The story cancels out any controversial "inspired-by-a-true-story" Tom Hanks-embodied heroics, and invites the viewer to live and endure with the crew members, their captors, and the negotiators who remotely struggle to gain their freedom ... for four long months. Gradually, human life becomes extremely precious, and the long wait makes any loss too devastating. Watch this for a European, humanistic point-of-view on the subject.

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