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A Hijacking

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Tobias Lindholm

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About the Movie

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 101
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director. – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 16, 2013

Fresh: Methodical and tense ... has the feel of something based on real-life events ... boils down to an arresting portrait of two men, with different backgrounds and abilities, doing everything they can not to break. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 21, 2013

Fresh: It's the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 27, 2013

Fresh: To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn't thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 27, 2013

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Customer Reviews

The pirates are not humanized

this movie is technically well executed, but what the pirates say is not even translated. This means there is hardly any development of their characters, which I find detestable. The movie is totally focused on creating empathy for the western cook and the western CEO.

Another terrific movie out of Denmark

Absolutely riveting. Spare, focused, and humane, the entire film alternates between a filthy cramped rooms and terrified captives of a hijacked cargo ship, and the sterile, open offices and self-controlled CEO who is negotiating their release. Both possess almost unbearable tension. Every single performance is so natural that it almost seems like a documentary. Denmark is a small country that has produced some of the best films of the past 15 years, and this one is right up there with the best.


This movie was so good I watched the credits hoping there was more. It was the best movie I have seen in a long time. I was mesmerized through out the entire movie. The characters were so believable I hardly can believe they were actors. I still can't believe that, is was so real. You will not be wasting any money on this film. Had I known it was this good, I gladly would have paid much more to see it !!

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A Hijacking
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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