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July 27 2015 Drama Movies Newsletter

"I can also see great similarities between a church and a movie house. Both are places for people to come together and share a common experience. I believe there is a spirituality in films, even if it's not one which can supplant faith...It is as though movies answered an ancient quest for the common unconscious. They fulfill a spiritual need that people have to share a common memory." Director Martin Scorcese

This past week, two people were killed and nine others wounded by a single shooter in a Louisiana movie theatre. When people come together, in a church or cinema, to share a common experience, it unfortunately makes them a target of violence. The victims in Louisiana were at a screening of "Trainwreck", directed by Judd Apatow. His reaction to the shooting reads, in part, "To have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me...We, as a country, need to find a way to do better." Amy Schumer, the writer and star of the film, tweeted "My heart is broken."

The film I review this week, "A Hijacking" addresses the issue of violence, but in a non-graphic manner. The actual hijacking of the ship is not shown, and there is only one act of violence depicted towards the end of the film. Writer/director Tobias Lindholm is more interested in showing the effects a violent incident has on the people involved. In "A Hijacking", the two main protagonists are the ship's cook and the CEO of the company that owns the ship. Mikkel, the cook, becomes more withdrawn and distressed the longer he is a hostage. Peter, the levelheaded professional, lashes out at his wife and begins to lose control as the negotiations with the hijackers drag on. It is difficult for a filmmaker to depict gun violence without glorifying it. Tobias Lindholm manages to do so.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

A Hijacking Film Review
Mikkel, a husband and father, is a cook on the ship MV Rozen when it is hijacked by Somali pirates. Peter Ludvigsen, the company CEO, must decide how much to pay for the ship and its crew. "A Hijacking" is a tense psychological drama written and directed by Tobias Lindholm.


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