The story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James, and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again. At the centre of this crisis, we find hostage negotiator, Arthur, who plays a pivotal role in securing Daniel’s release.
Based on an internationally bestselling book by Danish journalist Puk Damsgård, the film tells the true story of one of the most spectacular ISIS hostage-takings in recent times. Niels Arden Oplev directed the 2009 original Swedish version of ’The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ He has worked on US TV series such as ’Under the Dome’ and ’Mr. Robot’ and has directed the Hollywood feature films ’Dead Man Down’ and ’Flatliners’.
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