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CARJACKED (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: John Bonito

Starring:
Maria Bello
Stephen Dorff

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A woman and her son become entangled with a crook on the run when he, wait for it... Carjacks them! Then, some mild cat-and-mouse action ensues.
Is it good movie?
Okay, hold on, wasn't Maria Bello nominated for an Oscar not too long ago? Hasn't she appeared in a good amount of critically acclaimed projects? Then why the hell is she showing up here in this obviously straight-to-DVD action offering? I guess even high acclaim ain't enough to pay the bills. And clearly, Stephen Dorff needs some additional cash to go along with his BLADE residuals because he too is on board as the titular carjacker and hamming it up the entire trip.

Let me first say that in terms of camerawork, acting, and story continuity, this flick is not terrible. However, from start to finish, the entire movie is incredibly lame. I don't mean to sound childish, but "lame" is merely the ideal word to sum up the experience. After the first five minutes, I didn't give a shit about what was happening. After twenty minutes, I didn't give a shit about what was happening. Guess how I felt after sitting through an hour... bingo!

The movie was kind of like watching a real life carjacking only without any of the suspense. See, since this was a movie, I was expecting to find some form of entertainment. Only problem? CARJACKED was not entertaining; not in the least. It was so good at not keeping my attention, I could have probably finished this review (and two more) before its 90-minute running time ended.

This is all just a shame because like I said, this was not a poorly made movie. It just needed a way better plot or better execution. I feel bad that Ms. Bello had to stoop down to this level of movie. It really was a lame, joyless experience.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
Just a Behind the Scenes featurette that is merely about 3 minutes of footage from the flick set to a very annoying rock-type song. No one speaks a single word.

Last Call
A complete waste of competent actors and filmmakers. The cockeyed cocktail of annoying characters, boring plot points, and fizzled action made for one super lame night at the movies.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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