A Hijacking

Starring Søren Malling, Philip Asbæk and Dar Salim - Available on DVD and Blu-ray™

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-Philadelphia Inquirer

"A Hijacking is one of those perfect films that crop up every few years to prove that with true artistry, even the most exhausted genre can yield something new, rich, and strange."

-Philadelphia Inquirer


-Olivia Collette, RogerEbert.com

"This is high-order filmmaking, every shot measured, every scene paced just so, grueling suspense melded with meaningful human drama."

-The Star Tribune


-Seattle Times

" SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL. A briskly paced triumph."

-Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

"IT KEEPS YOU RIVETED. An unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene- and a hellish punch. Abdihakin Asgar’s performance is one of the year’s best."

-David Edelstein, New York

"IF ‘A HIJACKING’ WERE AN AMERICAN MOVIE, IT WOULD BE WIDELY PROCLAIMED AS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. A brilliantly constructed, character-based thriller that leaves the moral calculus to us."

-Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"A FANTASTICALLY TAUT THRILLER. A haunting film, a slow turn of the screw on a narrative that tightens with every scene. It's definitely worth seeking out."

-Alynda Wheat, People

"AN ASSURED, INTENSE THRILLER. A probing psychological case study and a ripped-from-the-headlines exploration of modern sea piracy."

-A.O. Scott, NY Times

"AN ASSURED, INTENSE THRILLER. A probing psychological case study and a ripped-from-the-headlines exploration of modern sea piracy."

-A.O. Scott, NY Times


-Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"REMARKABLE. A wiry, neatly crafted thriller that maintains its cinematic grandeur."

-Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice


-Farran Smith Nehme, NY Post


-Joe Neumeier, NY Daily News


-Guy Lodge, Variety


-Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine

"A HOSTAGE PROCEDURAL PAR EXCELLENCE, this thriller slowly turns the screws, as days become weeks, and nerves become seriously jangled."

-David Fear, Time Out NY

"A tense and intricately shot drama. Powerful and intensely watchable. Masterful. Pilou Asbaek (who starred in R) is moving and memorable as the genial chef whose sanity starts to crack, while equally fine is Søren Malling as the shrewd, calm professional businessman who feels he must take responsibility for the situation."

-Mark Adams, Screen Daily

"GRADE A-. A detailed, gripping, and powerful high-seas hostage tale. A gem. An absorbing, highly moving film that’s lingered heavily on the mind. Lindholm has established himself as a huge talent. One of the very best pictures of the whole festival [Venice Film Festival]."

-Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist/Indiewire

"A smart and sensitive thriller."

-Bob Strauss, LA Daily News

"Superb. Actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds. Shot on location on the Kenyan coast, on a real ship with its own history of hijacking, the pictures eschews sensationalism at every turn of its spare but tightly wound narrative. Riveting… with a stunning final-act twist landing the deciding emotional blow."

-Guy Lodge, Variety

"Denmark’s hottest new writer-director. A tensely economical study of leadership, teamwork and negotiation in high-pressure crisis situations. A production which exudes impressively steely control. Illuminatingly and sensitively dramatizes an easily-overlooked global crime phenomenon."

-Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Lucid and riveting!"

-Nick Schager, slantmagazine.com


-Time Out (London)

"A tack-sharp, heart-in-the-throat Danish procedural."

-Aaron Hillis, Filmmaker Magazine

"A smart, gripping thriller."

-Nick Dawson, Filmmaker Magazine

“(This) powerful, slow-burning psychological thriller makes the threat of Somali pirate attacks seem palpably relevant. (A) white-knuckle nightmare."

-Village Voice

“Keep(s) you riveted… (and) thoroughly unnerved. An unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene – and a hellish punch."

-David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"Has the power to bring even a self-styled hard man to tears."

-Business Week

"Neatly crafted thriller."

-City Pages

"Grade: A. One of the most effective suspense films in years"

-Movie Mezzanine

"A Brilliant thriller"


"A fantastically taut thriller so rife with tension it'll leave you frazzled"


"For long stretches of time, we forget we are watching a film at all, so caught up are we in this life-and-death drama."


"Agonizing suspense."

-NY Times

"Its power accumulates slowly and subtly, with the threat of violence hanging in the air and the hope of a solution hovering just over the horizon."

-NY Times

"Wiry, neatly crafted thriller."

-Village Voice


-Time Out NY

"Briskly paced triumph"

-Time Out NY

"Taut thriller"


"POWERFUL AND INTENSELY WATCHABLE. A masterful exercise in building tension."

-Mark Adams, Screen Daily

"GRADE A - a gem. Absorbing, highly moving, incredibly tense. Lindholm has established himself as a huge talent."

-Oliver Lyttelton, The Playist on Indiewire

"A smart and sensitive thriller."

-Bob Strauss/LA DAILY NEWS


-Guy Lodge, Variety


-Ann Thompson/INDIEWIRE

About The Film

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.

Cast & Crew

Søren Malling
Philip Asbæk
Dar Salim

Directed by:
Tobias Lindholm

Written by:
Tobias Lindholm

R - for language.
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