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Hijacking, A (15)

Drama, Thriller

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

The critical consensus

Confident and suspenseful.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 05/05/2013

A slow burner; intense, utterly engrossing and believable.

****(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 06/05/2013

Watching this back-and-forth play out is astonishingly tense, with the actors performing as if their lives really are on the line, and Lindholm uses this scenario to make potent points about class divide and corporate responsibility.

*****Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 06/05/2013

Paring away the characters' back stories and what's-my-motivation speeches, it's a sober, documentary-style account, but it's as nerve-jangling as any thriller.

*****Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 11/05/2013

It is complicated, it is intelligent, it is the very antithesis of Hollywood.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 09/05/2013

Without resorting to graphic violence or melodrama A Hijacking builds into an extremely tense tale with all the nail-biting immediacy of an unfolding news story.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 10/05/2013

Flies buzz, sweat trickles, negotiations continue, and you feel your breath dry up.

Robbie Colling, The Telegraph, 09/05/2013

Danish director Tobias Lindholm spins an exacting drama out of a crisis on this deft, verite-style account of Somali piracy in the Indian ocean.

****(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 09/05/2013

There’s no moralizing here, just unsparing realism.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 16/05/2013

With horrible realism, Lindholm parallels the unnerving state of capture with the financially motivated process of release.

****(*)Callum Madge, TVBomb, 19/05/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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