2012 Danish movie A Hijacking (or Kapringen, to give it it’s Danish title) tells the ‘inspired by real events’ story of a Danish cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates. This is a film that’s been on my radar since seeing the excellent Paul Greengrass directed movie Captain Phillips. There are obvious similarities between the two that make it all-too tempting to draw direct comparisons, but there are enough differences to make each film enjoyable on their own, as well as being good companion pieces.
Where Captain Phillips focused largely on it’s title character and the emotional journey undertaken by him, A Hijacking looks closely at the effects on the loved ones of those crew held captive and the process of negotiation between the cargo ships owner and the pirates. Continue reading