The big movie this week is Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks as the captain of a ship overrun by Somali pirates. A Hijacking - a nailbiting Danish thriller with the same theme - is out on DVD. The two films are very different but each is brilliant in its own way.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 4 Nov 2013 10:48

    I've now seen Captain Phillips and I wasn't impressed one bit. I found it overstretched with little tension and lifeless editing. I got the impression Paul Greengrass was so overrawed by Tom Hanks's presence, he didn't push things like he should have. Still, everyone else seems to love it, so what do I know? The final scene was incredible though, a superb piece of acting from Hanks. Ironically, the film was already over by then.

    I'll take A Hijacking over Captain Phillips any day. Not even a contest.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Anthony Quinn

    on 16 Oct 2013 19:10

    I watched A Hijacking at our movie club in Durham a few weeks ago and I was just blown away by it. This is movie making at it's best. I remember watching it and just been totally drawn in from beginning to end and when the film ended everyone in the club let out a big sigh as if they had been holding their breath for the whole film. If Captain Philips is half as good as this then I am in for a treat.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by see you next wednesday

    on 16 Oct 2013 16:50

    Surely neither can top the classic that is North Sea Hijack!

    Called Ffolkes in the US, in case the USA didn't know where the North Sea was.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by joemercersway

    on 16 Oct 2013 15:25

    Completely unrelated, and from my limited knowledge of other countries film pedigrees but it seems like Denmark is having some form of an emergence in the film world. You loved "A Royal Affair" last year, and now "A Hijacking", and this along with Sweden with "Dragon Tattoo" and Norway with the likes of "Headhunters", it certainly seems a promising time for Northern European/Scandinavian cinema, maybe you should do a blog about it?

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Simon

    on 16 Oct 2013 14:36

    'A Hijacking' is one of the few films I have managed to see at the cinema this year and it is absolutely up there with my favourites not just of this year but of this decade so far. I am reticent to compare 'Captain Phillips' unfavourably and just say that the "Hollywood" version will be rubbish or won't stand up to comparison. In the end it's directed by Paul Greengrass which indicates a high level of quality control, it is by all accounts every bit as good anyway and finally because that sort of criticism is lazy and somewhat reactionary. I am excited by the Greengrass film, firstly because my brother worked for Maersk and is still a ship's second engineer (albeit for a New Zealand company) and my Dad used to be in the Merchant navy aswell. Which brings me to my second point: watching 'A Hijacking' and I assume watching 'Captain Phillips', when I get round to it, took on/may take on a certain 3D quality. In an interview, I remember Greengrass talking about being onboard merchant ships when he was younger and describing things that I remember from when I was little, spending weekends, or in one case - an entire summer holiday, onboard ship travelling round Europe. We never experienced a hijacking and thus far (thank God) my brother still hasn't but the details of the ship in the Danish film such as the decor of the cabins and all the equipment on the bridge were scary in their similarity. Dont get me wrong - there was so much else that was brilliant about the film to keep me hooked but I was struck by the mirror image of what I remember from my childhood that it took on another dimension of reality and believability that was terrifying. By the sounds of things, taking into account that technologies have moved on since the early 90s, I fully expect the Greengrass version to live up that benchmark of scaring the pants off me. All I've said to my brother is to not let his girlfriend watch either film.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by jasterixstrange

    on 16 Oct 2013 08:32

    But which one is best ... only one way to find out ... FIGHT!!!

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Vincent Kane

    on 16 Oct 2013 03:20

    Captain Phillips is "based on a true story".... we all know what that means. The real Captain Philips was no hero according to his crew. Paul Greengrass is known to be a bit of a propagandist, so I'll just stick to the Danish thriller, which, of the two films, has the edge for keeping it real.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by information1st

    on 15 Oct 2013 21:38

    I read some comments online that suggest the real story of Cpt. Phillips got "hijacked" by this movie so I think that's reduced any incentive to catch it, I might have harboured, though it looks like it would be a solid movie to watch in any case. I am interested in the Danish: A Hijacking ("Kapringen") however. Tak.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 15 Oct 2013 19:30

    I saw 'A Hijacking' on it's release, and whilst the actual hijacking itself pretty much occurs off screen, the film is a series of incredibly tense speaker-phone negotiations. Some interesting aspects people might want to think about when they catch up with it on DVD is the characters involved in the process. For one there's the independent consultant who's made a career out of advising companies how to deal with hijackings. And then there's Omar, who is the pirates negotiator and translator and appears to be someone who just contracts his services to whoever, at one point taking exception to the implication that he is a Somali pirate. This also made me think of the case of the British couple held hostage for months by pirates and the dead-lock was eventually broken by a Somali mini-cab driver in London who acted as a go-between in the negotiations.

    When i heard about Paul Greengrass' movie, i naturally thought how does it measure up against the Danish film. And whilst it sounds like 'Captain Phillips' is a cracking good watch, 'A Hijacking' is still a tough act to follow and for my money one of the ten best films of the year so far.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by RussiansEatBambi66

    on 15 Oct 2013 19:19

    Indeed both these 'Hijacking Films' are great but neither are better than Con-Air!

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