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Friday, March 8, 2013

A HIJACKING

By D.E.Levine

A New Directors/New Films 2013 Selection

Based on a true event, Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm provides a fascinating and fast paced look at the takeover of the cargo ship Rozen in the Indian Ocean, by Somali pirates.

The boat owners company's CEO Peter (Soren Malling) negotiates directly by phone and fax with the pirates against the advice of a negotiation expert (Gary Skjoldmose Porter).  The pirates have a multilingual translator, Omar, (Abdihakin Asgar) negotiating from the ship.

The story is a fascinating look at leadership, teamwork and negotiation in an unusual and highly pressured situation. While the corporate offices are cool, pristine and comfortable, the scene  shifts back to the Rozen where the crew has to cope with increasing temperatures and lack of access to basic hygiene facilities.

Although the actual hijacking is not shown, the action on film is split between the Rozen and the Copenhagen-based ship owners who feel a deep responsibility for seeing to the safety of the Rozen's crew.

The viewer never loses interest and the pace never lessens in this tightly woven story.