Butler County Times Gazette
by Garon Cockrell
A Hijacking - Movie Review
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July 4, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A Hijacking

How much is a personís life worth?  How about an entire crew?  That is what Peter Ludvigsen, the head of a

company whose ship has just been hijacked by Somali pirates, must determine in the Danish film A Hijacking.  Directed and written by Tobias Lindholm, this film has won many awards in film festivals around the world, and for good reason.  This film will draw you in, get you to genuinely care about the characters, and keep you tense through the entire ordeal.

One of those characters, Mikkel (Pilou Asbaek), the cook on board the ship, is the

only person on the crew who is allowed to have any contact with the outside

world, though primarily to help hurry the negotiation of how much the company

will pay to get the crew and ship out of the Somali piratesí hands. 

Still of Pilou Asbæk in A Hijacking

Much of the action is purposefully left off screen, keeping

the audience on edge during this tense thriller.  It is not an action film; we do not even get

to see the hijacking take place. 

Instead, it is a psychological roller coaster ride as the audience

becomes attached to characters that may not make it out alive.

Still of Pilou Asbæk and Abdihakin Asgar in A Hijacking

It is painful to

watch both Mikkel, who has to suffer through the experience of being held

captive for months on end, and Ludvigsen, who becomes emotionally involved in

the situation despite being warned that that is the worst thing he could do, make

the difficult decision of when to say no and when to say yes to a group of

violent men who hold the lives of his crew in their hands.  It is an emotional journey that leaves the

audience to wonder what they might do if they were in either of the menís


Still of Søren Malling in A Hijacking

How much is a personís life worth, and who gets to determine

that?  This film asks the question in a

variety of ways, but ultimately it is left unanswered.

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