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A Hijacking review

A ruthlessly plausible thriller

Hollywood could learn some lessons from Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, co-writer of recent award-winning drama The Hunt .

This story of a Scandinavian cargo ship taken over by Somali pirates may sound a bit like Under Siege without the action, but it’s actually a ruthlessly plausible thriller, stripped clean of music and melodrama, and all the more engrossing for it.

Johan Philip Asbaek (TV’s Borgen ) is the cook struggling to survive the ordeal on board; Søren Malling (also Borgen ) the chillingly detached company boss haggling over the ransom.

As tensions escalate and conditions deteriorate, Lindholm’s control is so rigorous that it’s easy to forget you’re watching fiction.

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