A Hijacking (Kapringen) 2.0 stars

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This fictional reenactment of Somali pirates kidnapping the crew of a Danish cargo ship probably would have played better had the Digital Gym not screened the documentary account, Stolen Seas, earlier that week. Instead of sticking to the drama inherent in the story — the filmmakers went to great lengths to cast actors (and ships) identical to those involved in the incident — director Tobias Lindholm tacks on a false, sentimental ending. Is it a director’s responsibility to remain faithful to the facts? Spielberg, Affleck and countless others have been rewarded with a Best Picture Oscar for similar behavior. If Lindholm is bucking for a career in Hollywood, he’s doing an ace job of following their gingerbread crumbs. Worth seeing if only for the performances and cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Jønck glacial deployment of light and space.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Rated: R

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