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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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Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.