You are here:  Ronen Recommends

Ronen's Rating System:

***** A must watch
**** Worth seeing
*** If you must watch a movie and there is nothing else out there
** Don’t bother
* It’s so bad its almost good... not... These are films I walked out on, or just fell asleep
(K: stars) Rating by my children. As they are easy to please, would typically be higher than mine...


A Hijacking (Denmark, 2012) *****

A Hijacking (Denmark, 2012) *****

An antithesis to Pirate of the Caribbean, A Hijacking, A Danish film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, follows the events of a small Danish cargo ship, hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian ocean. In its Hollywood version, and not that one will ever be made, one would expect to see a Danish crew member pulling a heroic stint to save the day. But in this real to life drama, there is no such nonsense. The film is psychologically gripping, an emotional rollercoaster. Following two very different worlds, we are introduced to an easygoing cook on the cargo ship, wonderfully played by Pilou Asbæk, intending on getting back home to his wife and young child, and to the shipping company’s powerful CEO, skillfully portrayed by Søren Malling. Acting by the entire cast if superb.
There is not much action in A Hijacking yet the characters are vivid and the tensions high. Lindholm wisely allows for slow moments after each dramatic climax. He contrasts the two worlds without issuing judgment.
A Hijacking touches on multiple other layers which this review will be too short to cover. It highlights a painful phenomenon which developed off the Somali coast post the Somali civil war. Though the past few years saw a decline in hijacked ships, even right now there are sailors held captive for ransom. The hell they and their families go through is unimaginable. According to Reuters, 3,500 seafarers were captured during a four-year period. Yet, though shot in a super realistic style, the film A Hijacking is not a documentary nor is it a PSA protesting piracy. Even its name, A Hijacking, implies there is nothing unique about this particular story compared with hundred others, and that may be the scariest part.
A Hijacking is a psychological thriller portraying the breakdown of both an A type and a B type personalities under challenging circumstances, leaving scars that will never heal.
It is a very well-made chilling film, that takes place worlds away from the universe of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Currently rated 0.0 by 0 people


Got something to say? Join the discussion »

Leave a Reply

 [Quick Submit with Ctrl+Enter]

Remember my details
Notify me of followup comments via e-mail



Bookmark and Share


Get the latest film recommendations by email! (we NEVER share or sell emails to marketers)

Featured Entries

Game Night (2018) ****

Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, to a screenplay by Mark Perez, Game Night is a comedy-action thriller, that delivers jokes while...

The Last Jedi (2017) ****

If I had to sum-up the experience of watching this film in one word, it would be: impressive. Although, not without hiccups. The Last Jedi counts as ...

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) ***

A bio-drama, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and the two women in his life. Martson, a...

American Made (2017) ****

Life is stranger than fiction; this paraphrase of a Mark Twain’s famous quote may come in mind, when watching American Made. It is a film based on true...

Far Western (2016, Japan, USA) ****

Who would have guessed that in Japan, especially post-WWII, American country music, including Bluegrass, will have not just fans, but actual talented ...

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ****

Blade Runner 2049, or BR 2049 for short,  is a 2017 neo-noir sci-fi film, directed by Denis Villeneuve to a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael ...

Maudie (2016) ****

An indie bio-drama, Maudie follows the life of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis. The film, a Canadian-Irish production, shot to a small budget of $5.6mm...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) ****

The Guardians Vol. 2's storyline is as thin and infantile as a young twig, yet it serves one purpose – delivering perfect punchlines. And yes, the special...

Frantz (2016, France-Germany) ****

Franz tells the story of a German woman named Anna, beautifully portrayed by Paula Beer, who, in post-WWI Germany of 1919, while grieving Franz, her fianc...

Logan (2017) ***

Directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, Logan is based on a story by Mangold. Logan introduces us to...


Latest Comments

    Re: Logan (2017) ***

    I agree about the relationship with Logan and Charles - added a lot of depth, especially with the next...

    -- ed

    Re: Eye in the Sky (2015, UK) *****

    Great Review Ronen!

    -- Scott

    Re: Top Five (2014) ***

    wonderfully expressed review and very accurately describing the movie...

    -- Zoes mom

    Re: Begin Again (2014) ***

    such great performers - would have expected more of.... very disappointing to hear....

    -- mother of four

    Re: Waltz with Bashir (2008) *****

    Stunned. Speechless. This is a powerful movie. Its objectivity and lack of judgment IS its power, and...

    -- Monroe Movie Lover

    Re: Inception (2010) ***

    Special effects are more than ever present even in drama movies, its almost normal that an action thriller...

    -- Alvaro

    Re: The Real Dirt On Farmer John (2005) ***

    Interesting though i was expecting more of the film.

    -- rondnor

    Re: Midnight Run (1988) *****

    great movie indeed

    -- rondnor

    Re: The Bounty Hunter (2010) *

    wont bother then

    -- superair

    Re: Stardust (2007) *****

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie :-)watching Robert De Niro in a dress what could be better.Enjoy

    -- YRD

© 2021, All Rights Reserved. Site Developed and Maintained by Progressive Element, Inc.