Update: A Hijacking is available to book now to screen from 1st May 2014.
Tobias Lindholm’s nerve-shredding thriller is coming to the BFFS Booking Scheme this summer. Uncompromisingly realistic and directed with a masterful eye towards building tension A Hijacking is one of this year’s standout films.of the Danish cargo ship, MV Rosen, where half of the film’s narrative takes place, in favour of concentrating on what comes next: negotiation, uncertainty, fear and frustration. And it turns out that this is where the real drama lies.
The film comes across as so grounded in reality, so accurate and detailed that it is easy to forget that you are watching a fictional film. Lindholm was inspired to make the film after learning about the hijacking of two Danish cargo ships in 2007 and 2008, but the film itself is not based on any particular case. It appears however to have been impeccably researched and filming took place on a ship that had been previously been hijacked, while real life negotiator Gary Skjoldmose Porter plays a version of himself.
The film’s narrative is split between events on the Rosen where Mikkel, the ship’s cook, (played by Borgen star Pilou Asbæk) as well as the other sailors wait in captivity with no idea how or when they are likely to be freed; and the offices of the shipping company where CEO Peter (played by Borgen’s other big star Søren Malling) leads negotiations with the pirates and struggles to cope with the pressure.
It is a film that concentrates more on emotional drama than action and there are no Hollywood inspired heroics that will save the day. Instead the audience is left in the unusual position of having no assurances as to how the situation is likely to unfold, and the unpredictability makes for engrossing viewing. With uniformly excellent performances across the board and a script that allows the characters to develop without overloading us on backstory, it can be hard to shake the feeling that you are watching real events unfold.
A Hijacking is in cinemas now and will be available on the BFFS Booking Scheme from the end of August.