Writer/director Tobias Lindholm meticulously structures the film to capture the drama of the negotiations, never diverging from either the ship's cabin or the boardroom of the shipping company. Two characters hold up the framework: Mikkel, a jovial, bearded man with enormous watery eyes that express joy as poignantly as desperation; and Peter Ludvigsen (Soren Malling), the stone-faced, ultra-dutiful CEO, consistently armored in power suits, who shoulders the grueling negotiating process. Mikkel wields a modicum of power with the pirates as the boat's cook. He petitions Omar for water and supplies and for fresh air for the pent-up crew. Early scenes in the film establish Peter as a shrewd businessman and a bargaining ace, beloved by the company's partners. He seems stern and super-competent but certainly not unfeeling.