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Daniel(Ser du månen, Daniel)

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Denmark, Norway, Sweden · 2019
2h 18m
Director Niels Arden Oplev
Starring Esben Smed, Toby Kebbell, Amir El-Masry, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
Genre Drama

This thoughtful, intense drama follows the true story of Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye, who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013 and held hostage for over a year. Following Daniel's experiences and the efforts of his family to save him, the film shows the emotional toll of the events while raising questions about negotiation and terrorism.

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The New York Times by Beatrice Loayza

Should you be willing to overlook certain intrinsic difficulties, Held for Ransom is a surprisingly thoughtful hostage drama given the blunt meatheadedness of its title.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

Partly, the balance between gritty, true-life fidelity and pacy, exciting storytelling is achieved because in Rye, to whom Eric Kress’ warm, compassionate camera clings so doggedly, we have such a sympathetic, human protagonist.


The Guardian by Leslie Felperin

This is another film about a white European mixed up in a Middle Eastern war they barely seem to understand, but on its own terms it’s a story well told.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Sympathetic performances alternately show us terrified captives and distraught and frustrated relatives, and from a terrific first act set piece where we see the risks to kidnappers when they don’t realize their new hostage is a gymnast.

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