By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 29, 2014 at 3:53PM
4 - Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm's feature film, A Hijacking, a mid-2013 Magnolia Pictures theatrical release.
The fictional narrative provides audiences with a window into the phenomenon of modern piracy as yet another by-product of the catastrophic economic disparity between impoverished countries and the "First World."
A Hijacking's synopsis reads:
Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations — and an escalating potential for explosive violence — in Tobias Lindholm's grittily authentic and suspenseful thriller.
A little bit more of what I read about the film:
Hewing to the aesthetic he devised for his co-directed feature debut R (which dealt with life in a penitentiary), Lindholm and his collaborators make vivid use of actual locations and draw some of their cast from people who have been involved in similar situations... Far more than a gimmick, these elements of authenticity and Lindholm's documentary style not only invest the proceedings with a lived-in, matter-of-fact air, but ratchet up the tension and create an all-too-believable atmosphere of claustrophobia and fear. Forgoing exploitation tactics and cheap thrills, Lindholm zooms in on the harsh reality of his scenario.
A Hijacking made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2012.
Watch the trailer below: