Excerpt: A special government agent, Paul Ross (Randy Couture), is fresh off a nasty gunfight where a colleague got the business end of a gun, and now he’s looking to patch things up with his best girl Olivia (Tiffany Dupont). Before he can get to that, he learns of a plot contrived from The Tribe, a very criminal organization that was involved with the shooting death of his fellow agent friend.
Conclusion: Hijacked is a mess from the opening logos, credits, beginning, middle, and end. It sucks, because like these cats in just about everything else that they’ve been in, so I’m quite confused as to why they would agree to be in this dribble. Considering the lame production values and stock footage used as European back drops, it could not have been the money. The video is a bit problematic, but the sound rocks.
Excerpt: Hijacked spends its first 10-minutes building up Vinnie Jones, playing a high-end security type for a business tycoon. Jones flirts with a few woman, trades exposition, and then gets shot in the head. His end purpose? Nill. It would seem most of these people cast for Hijacked were done so based on their ability to play dead, this after their plane is snagged by a supposed modern day Robin Hood.
Excerpt: I don't watch professional wrestling, but I do have respect for the performers. Whether every moment is faked or not is immaterial. Those guys are built and their moves require athletic skill and the same kind of timing that other performers (like clowns) also need. That makes them perfectly suited to action roles in films that require muscle, presence, and not too much talking. This is why they pop up so much as the sidekick or the partner in lower-budget action flicks.
Excerpt: Paul Ross (Randy Couture) is a CIA operative who is relentless in his work, so he is often given the most difficult cases. He and his partner Ballard (Vinnie Jones) have been tasked to take down The Tribe, an international crime syndicate. The Tribe works within the financial sector and if their fraudulent and corrupt actions aren’t stopped soon, the entire world’s financial markets could be brought down.
Conclusion: Every time I review a movie with a pro-wrestler as the main star, I must reiterate my plea: Please don't let wrestlers and UFC fighters attempt to act! Please! The Rock did it. He's great. Everyone else stinks. Yes, all of them (unless the happen to be directed by a masterful director like Steven Soderbergh). Please. No more. Were you even planning on picking up 'Hijacked'? I always wonder who is buying these titles at the store for retail price.
Conclusion: Its hard to be disappointed with Hijacked considering how low expectations are going in. But the film even fails to offer the direct-to-video Action movie basics. There's precious little action, an overworked script, boring direction, a sluggish pace, and awful acting. The movie never takes off, so to speak, and the set-up for a sequel (that will likely never come) is the final cringe-worthy element in a movie that's full of them.