Hijacking, A

Featured In Issue 181, November 2013

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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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In A Hijacking, the cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Asbaek) and the engineer Jan (Moller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: Behind The Movie (HD 02:09), The Director (HD 03:44), Research (HD 03:14), The Chief Engineer (HD 02:23), and The Actors (HD 02:49); the theatrical trailer; upfront previews; and BD-Live functionality.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Arri Alexa digital camera system. The imagery appears raw and exhibits a documentary look. The color palette is muted and desaturated, with some segments exhibiting more warmth. Resolution is generally good but not distinguished. Due to the realism, stylization imagery is inconsistent but definitely conveys realism. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue driven against an atmospheric backdrop of a large cargo vessel at sea. Thus, there is a constant low-level rumble that characterizes the sound of the vessel and the sea heard from on deck from different locations on the ship. The drama switches back and forth from the restricted confines of the ship and the situation room in Denmark. The situation room is strictly interior and punctuated by telephones and other office atmospherics. The music score is limited but effectively emotionally charged, with subtle surround envelopment. Dialogue switches between Danish and English but is consistently intelligible. Overall surround envelopment is relatively subtle but is aggressive and enhanced with deep .1 LFE bass during on-deck scenes. Overall, this is a decent soundtrack to accompany a documentary-type presentation. (Gary Reber)