Hijacking (Kapringen) Movie Reviews
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Ahem ahem. Okay, I was the only one of my buds who saw this movie and didn't completely fall in love with it, so let me explain myself. I thought it was good, and even great at times, but I think it cuts too close to the bone - in some cases literally. I mean, it's one thing to see a movie like Man of Steel or Dark Knight Rises which have moments of extreme violence but which are fiction in he end. I didn't feel sick when watching the little victims in those movies. This movie, however, is way too realistic in some scenes. I mean, it almost feels like all of this is really happening - and given how many pirate hijackings of foreign ships in the Indian Ocean there have been recently, I just couldn't bear to look at the screen some times when the pirates were really acting like monsters. I'd still recommend this to anyone interested in good cinema, but it should come with a huge disclaimer!
At last count, this was the only movie on rottentomatoes that's trending at a critical score of 100% - yup, that's right. EVERYONE who has seen it is RAVING about it. It's just superb and sublime and every other superlative you can heap on a piece of film. The thing that really gets everyone who sees this I think is how it's a very elaborate spin on the classic cat and mouse game. The crew that is taken hostage by the pirates have to make all kinds of concessions and negotiations that seem utterly absurd outside of this context. The thing that is also amazing about the film is how the actors that play the Somali pirates seem to be to be the real thing - if any one of them used to be a pirate it wouldn't surprise me - they are all utterly convincing and terrifying! Talk about naked and skinless portrayals. This should be on everyone's must-see list, it's a unique motion picture.
Do yourself a favor and book your seat to this riveting thriller. It's fiction but if I didn't know it was I would have sworn it was a doc**entary. It's one of those rare movies where you forget that the scenarios and characters on screen are being acted. It all feels so utterly real. The story is about a group of seafarers on a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates. How they negotiate their survival and how they manage to thwart the ultimate fate is what the movie's all about. It might sound gruesome and horrifying (and it is in parts) but it's also incredibly artful and classy. This is far more interesting and consequential than any typical Hollywood heist movie. I would even go so far as to say it's the best fiction movie of the year. The director and writer should take a bow because they have crafted a true work of art - as well as the actors and the cinematographer.
This is a thriller about cargo ship MV Rozen that is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. I absolutely loved this film and highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film is very suspenseful and also heartfelt and it is at its best when those two moments are mixed. I loved that the film was not moralizing, it was just reality and nothing else, I think that was my favorite thing about this movie. The clever two-perspective approach really pays off because it makes the film urgent and involving.This Danish psychological drama is one of the best films I have seen this year and it is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
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