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No point in comparing 'Captain Phillips', an action thriller involving a rescue mission, to 'A Hijacking', a drama centered around hostage negotiation.
The Danish film A Hijacking (Kapringen) is about Somali pirates boarding a vessel. The comparison to Captain Phillips stops there. A Hijacking is more of a procedural thriller, showing what that experience would be like for the crew, and for the people negotiating their release. The latter is the real innovation here, as the shipping company's CEO, a shark in the boardroom, decides to negotiate a deal himself. His abilities are tested to the limit, and he may not be dispassionate enough to succeed after all. Meanwhile, the ship's cook on the ship is our lifeline, a human fan to this terror attack. The film is evidently shot with little means, and much more stark and staid than any Hollywood equivalent, but that's part of its strengths, giving the story the solidity of a documentary, and thus the feeling that anything could happen.
Better then Captain Phillips
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