A tense dramatisation of a real-life hijacking at sea. At the start of the film the sea captain and the hijackers are seen in their home surroundings – Hanks the solid sea captain being seen off to work by a loving wife and the hijackers’ dirt poor impoverished homeland gives an inkling into why they risk life and limb in pursuit of bigger game. Hanks tries to reason and negotiate with the volatile and angry hijackers. The power clashes and wordplay mean that almost every scene feels as though it will end with a gun-shot. It is almost impossible to predict how things will end.
The film won BAFTA Best Actor in Supporting Role & the Writer’s Guild Best Adapted Screenplay