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Tuesday 15 October 2013, 17:27

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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 1.

    A Hijacking is superb but I wouldn't call it nailbiting. I expected it to be, but it wasn't. I'd use "captivating". Captivating for our view of the negotiating politics, the Jekyll & Hyde relationships between hijacker & hostage and for the way we see, usually, in-control human beings at their most helpless.

    As for Captain Phillips, this a true story I know nothing about, so am going to do my damndest to keep it that way by avoiding messageboards (errrr..........!!) and as many reviews as I can. I'm actually dreading Mark's Friday review with Mayo-naaaaaise (as Louis Gossett Jr would say) because even the slightest detail could spoil it. In fact, I may even boycott the podcast until after I've seen the film. I know MK has learnt from past mistakes, but still...

    I'll watch anything with Greengrass at the helm, right now. Apart from the overdone shaky-cam, for which he often needs a slap, he's a one-of-a-kind director of which I wish there were more. Even his first film, Resurrected, which I bought on Kermie's recommendation, is an incredible exercise in how to direct actors and I fully expect Captain Phillips to be a nailbiting piece of magic.

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    Comment number 2.

    I'm ashamed to say I missed A Hijacking during its cinema run. Meanwhile, Captain Phillips is one of my most anticipated films of the year and due to the great reviews, I'm even more excited to see it. As for A Hijacking, I will for certain check it out since I'm sure both these films complement one another very well.

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    Comment number 3.

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

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    Comment number 4.

    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 5.

    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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