"Pirates of the Caribbean" - love that movie, as it is fun entertainment...... But people sometimes tend to forget, that piracy is an ongoing problem, especially in the Gulf of Aden (actually a lot larger area than that). We are reminded about the situation in the news though from time to time.
The director, Tobias Lindholm, got inspiration for a movie when watching the tv documentary "Dealing with Pirates" and started doing research which has resulted in the movie "A Hijacking" (original Danish title: Kapringen).
The movie is dramatic and shows you the emotional roller coaster of being seamen hijacked by Somalis, the company who owns the ship and therefore also have a strong relation with the seafarers and the relatives, trying to cope with the uncertainty on there loved one's well being.
What makes it even more powerful is:
- The ship MV Rozen in the movie was once hijacked by Somalis, and 5 of the crewmembers (including the captain) in the movie are the ship's actual seafarers who was onboard during the real-life hijacking
- Some scenes are shot at the premises of a shipping company, that once experienced getting one of their cargo ships hijacked
- Søren Malling (playing the partner in the shipping company) looks like a Danish shipping CEO
- The director got advises from experts dealing with anti-piracy
I have seen the movie at a preview and is now crossing my fingers that the movie capture the audience at the Venice Film Festival.