WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lorraine (Maria Bello) is a newly-divorced single mom, harassed by her dead-beat ex-husband and struggling to raise her precocious eight-year-old son. One night, on the way back from school, Lorraine and her son are carjacked by a fugitive bank robber (Stephen Dorff), and in order to save her son-Lorraine will have to find a reserve that up to now she's never possessed.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
CARJACKED is a relatively routine DTV thriller, distinguished somewhat by having Maria Bello in the lead. She's a fine actress that hasn't done a lot of films of this sort in her time, but she the role of heroine fits her like a glove. Early on, they try to establish Lorraine as a bit of a doormat, used to putting up with an abusive husband and a cruel ex-marine father, and I suppose her arc is that she needs to find the confidence she lacks in life to deal with Dorff's psychotic villain. It's all pretty predictable, but Bello's performance makes it work.
As for Dorff, he seems to be more-or-less typecast in these types of roles, although his recent turn in SOMEWHERE suggests a range he doesn't get to explore here. Still, he makes a good villain, and he has good give-and-take with Bello, which, if that were lacking, would have torpedoed the film.
Considering that 75% of the film takes place in a car, CARJACKED manages to move along at a solid clip, and running a taut 89 minutes, it never overstays it's welcome- although the ending is a bit too tidy for my liking. Nevertheless, it's not bad at all for a DTV potboiler.
Not much in the way of extras, except a behind-the-scenes which runs a whopping three and a half minutes.
CARJACKED doesn't exactly transcend it's DTV origins, but for what it is it ain't bad. Bello and Dorff make it worth watching, and while it's nowhere near as good as the original 1986 version of THE HITCHER (the grand-daddy of car-jacking movies), it's pretty decent.