Hijacked - Blu-ray & DVD

Monday, 30 July 2012 00:00


Hijacked - out now on Blu-ray and DVD“Hijacked” is billed as a high-octane action-thriller in the style of “Executive Decision”. The cast includes some of the genre’s heavyweights including ex-UFC champion Randy Couture, British bruisers Vinnie Jones and Craig Fairbrass, and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell. Stir in a plot about a mysterious terrorist organisation called The Tribe who plan to attack the luxurious jet of a billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, and light the touch paper!

Couture plays Paul Ross, a burly agent from the USA tasked with shutting The Tribe down. His investigation leads him to Bruce Lieb, the aforementioned business man who is flying to Paris that night with a bunch of well-healed contributors. Ross uncovers plans for a hijack and together with Lieb’s head of security (Purcell), they attempt to overcome the terrorists before they can endanger the lives of everyone on board.

“Hijacked” is a frustrating experience. Director Brandon Nutt (“The Last Resort”) unravels the first half of the film at a snail’s pace, with scant regard for tension or intrigue. Barely any action occurs except for a shootout featuring some blatant CGI squibs and lots of aimless shooting. Creaking dialogue is delivered with little passion or momentum, and the end result leaves the viewer cold.

Once we board the flight (around the half-way point, believe it or not), things do improve a little. People are killed and the goodies realise they have to take action. However, seeing as these are supposed to be top-notch specialists in their fields of security and civilian protection, they do a laughable job. More passengers are allowed to die, baddies get tied up and then ignored so that they can break free and cause more mayhem, and some suspect behaviour goes unnoticed.

Not all of the acting is shoddy; Tiffany Dupont (Greek) gives Ross’ ex-fiancee more texture than most, and Couture is fairly likeable, if a little limited in his range. As is often the case, the perpetrators get the best parts, and Holt McCallany (“The Losers”, Heroes), Ashley Cusato (better known as a stuntwoman in the likes of “Piranha 3D”) and Gina Philips (“Jeepers Creepers”) rule the roost and dine out on the scenery. Purcell plays another of his lovably daft characters (not a million miles away from his role in “Killer Elite”), complete with comedy facial hair and a beetroot complexion.

Ultimately the film suffers most because you care too little about the good characters. The lack of tension, the slow introduction, a cavernous set, cheap effects and disinterested actors are just the icing on an underwhelming cake.

The Blu-ray version does feature some attractive, high-def shots of Paris, but if anything the crispness of the visuals highlights how woeful some of the other production aspects are.

As for special features, I am afraid that you do not even get a measly trailer!

“Hijacked" (2012) is out now on DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy of Anchor Bay. The main feature has a running time of 86 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £15.99 on DVD and £19.99 on Blu-ray, or less from www.culttvstore.com


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