|A HIJACKING (KAPRINGEN) (director/writer: Tobias Lindholm; cinematographer: Magnus Nordenhof Jonck; editor: Adam Nielsen; music: Hildur Gudnadottir; cast: Pilou Asbaek (Mikkel Hartmann), Soren Malling (Peter C. Ludvigsen), Dar Salim (Lars Vestergaard), Roland Moller (Jan), Gary Skjoldmose Porter (Connor Julian), Abdihakin Asgar (Omar), Amalie Alstrup (Marian Hartmann), Amalie Vulff Andersen (Kamilla Hartmann), Linda Laursen (Anette Ludvigsen), Keith Pearson (Captain); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Tomas Radoor/René Ezra; Magnolia Pictures; 2012-Denmark-in Danish/Somali/English with English subtitles)|
well-executed gripping fictionalized hostage
by Dennis Schwartz
writer Tobias Lindholm ("Hit First,
Hit Hardest"), in his second directorial effort,
directs and writes this grim but well-executed
gripping fictionalized hostage thriller that holds our
attention with a high-pressure crisis negotiation of a
life and death situation between Somali pirates and a
Danish shipping company.
Danish cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for port
in Mumbai when hijacked in the Indian Ocean,
off-screen, by a larger group of determined and
dangerous heavily-armed Kalashnikov-toting
Somali pirates. The shipping company CEO Peter
C. Ludvigsen (Soren Malling) hires
Brit negotiator, a specialist in bargaining with
pirates, Connor Julian (Skjoldmose
Porter), who advises to show no emotion and not to
give in to their initial ransom request of $15
million but to offer a much lower number, like $250,000.
After the rejection, it's clear we're in for a rough
sea ride filled with psychological drama.
genial young married family man, the galley cook Mikkel
Asbaek), speaks a fluent English and is
used by Omar (Abdihakin Asgar), the
pirates’ English speaking negotiator, who claims he's
not a pirate but forced by them to follow their
instructions. Omar keeps the cook by his side
while he deals with the cool and calculating Peter.
The pic maintains tension throughout by veering from
the deteriorating unsanitary conditions forced on the
commercial ships' seven-man crew, how the crew's
families back in Copenhagen are dealing with the
stalemated 134 days of negotiation and the
intricacies of making a deal so all the men return
home safely and the pirates feel rewarded for their
effort. We are privy to boardroom politics for the
shipping company during the time the pirates threaten
to kill the hostages and we're left feeling uncertain
if this hard-nosed business-type of negotiation will
work with such ruthless outlaws.
taut, no-nonsense film, never got the attention it
deserved during its theater release, but deserves upon
its DVD release another chance to be viewed. It
compares favorable with the same-themed, true story,
big-budgeted 2013 release of Captain Phillips.
REVIEWED ON 11/18/2013 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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