Kapringen AKA A Kidnapping
Powerful drama about a Danish freighter being hijacked in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates. A tale with no false heroics, just fear, waiting, heat, hunger, and senselessness. Tobias Lindholm directs with stillness. Excellent performances from Johan Philip Asbæk as the cook forced to act as a go-between, Søren Malling (him from Forbrydelsen) as an uptight shipping company executive who takes it upon himself to negotiate, Abdihakin Asgar as the pirates’ own negotiator, real-life shipping security expert Gary Skjoldmose Porter as the consultant brought in to help resolve the situation… Basically a very good film that dispenses with sham shocks or cheap highs.
Przesłuchanie AKA Interrogation
Unrelenting tale of a woman (Krystyna Janda) finding herself waking up in a prison in post-war Stalinist Poland, not knowing why, and under pressure to sign a ‘confession’. Directed by Ryszard Bugajski, it was suppressed under the period of martial law in the early 1980s, and only released in 1989 post-Berlin Wall fall.
Not from the Shawshank school of feelgood prison movie, but with many strong moments and performances, including from Adam Ferency as the secret policeman under whose skin our protagonist gets.
Modest but diverting little thriller about a sleazy small time London boxing promoter – Michael Caine – who has a chance of hitting the big time with a fight between his son ‘Golden Boy’ (Matthew Marsden) and an American champion under the wing of infinitely sleazier big time promoter Martin Landau, who can barely conceal his contempt at having to be there.
Solid if less than imaginative helmsmanship from John Irvin, with Kenneth Cranham, Frank Harper and Andy Serkis helping to round out the cast. The against-the-clock frenetic pace feels like it’s pitched somewhere between the spiralling-out-of-control of The Long Good Friday and the flashy long shots of Snake Eyes.