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A coolly assured nail-biter from Denmark, “A Hijacking” takes a story we’re familiar with from international headlines — Somali pirates storming commercial vessels and holding their crews for ransom — and turns it into high-stakes human poker. It’s the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat.
After a Danish ship is boarded, a young galley cook (Pilou Asbaek, immensely appealing) is forced to become the liaison between the pirates’ negotiator (Abdihakin Asgar) and the shipping company’s cool shark of a CEO (Soren Malling). The movie spreads over 134 days but is never less than riveting, and Lindholm lets the larger political implications rise naturally from the suspense.