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So I'm to blame for watching Carjacked. It's not even like I expect Stephen's movies to be good now. The last twenty have been terrible so I lost expectations back when he made Steal AKA Riders.
Sigh. What can I say about this movie? Okay, it's bad. Which I am sure we all know. It's not as bad as some of Stephen's movies but that's not a compliment seeing how awful some of his movies have been.
There are tons of problems with Carjacked. It's boring, it's predictable, it's slow, it's pathetic and I could go on forever.
Roy (Dorff) carjacks Lorraine (Maria Bella, who I liked before seeing her in this and now I will run from her movies from now on) and her son Chad at a gas station. They spend the first hour of the movie bonding like they are on an inspirational field trip. At one time I expected them to start singing Kumbaya. A movie like this is supposed to be a thriller but it's hard to be on edge when the main character is chatting it up with her kidnapper like they're in Hawaii.
Lorraine never tried to get away until almost the end of the film. The direction was horrible but the character development was shameful. That's what I absolutely could not forgive.
At the beginning, Roy acts like Lorraine's best friend. He even seems compassionate about her ex-husband and the life she's led. Roy even takes to Chad. I mean it's obvious that he cares.Read more ›
While much of the criticism of other reviewers is accurate, I don't think the movie deserves some of the harsh judgemental comments. There were some unexpected (admittedly unlikely or unrealistic) twists that kept the energy going throughout the film. The weirdest thing to me was when Lorraine reached the diner after escaping from Roy and did not ask for help or call 911, but it proved to be a necessary part of the plot.
There were other contrived momments, but hey, this is supposed to be entertainment, not a documentary, and is certainly no more ridiculous than some of the big blockbusters (eg. Titanic). This movie will not win any awards, but I found it to be very entertaining and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action films (which, less face it, are traditionally riddled with ridiculous dialogue and plot devices).
Good acting, although Mario Bello becomes less convincing as the plot turns unrealistic.
F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
Bello plays the destitute and troubled mother of the likable Connor Hill. The movie wants to shortcut any subtle character development, so it starts with Bello attending a group therapy session. While grabbing some supplies and gas from a local convenience store (Note to producers: people in dire financial need probably wouldn't buy overpriced Bagel Bites from a convenience store. You ever shop groceries at a gas station? Not cheap.), she finds a strange man stowed in her car. Dorff is clearly evading some sort of law enforcement and persuades the family to drive him out of the area at gunpoint.Read more ›
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I got this as a gift for my aunt for Mother's Day. She had a hard time finding it herself.Published 8 months ago by kilroysj
This movie is actually pretty descent. It's not the best, but definitely not the worst for a movie that went straight to DVD. I would recommend this movie if nothing else is on. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rich Whitcomb
A thrill a minute ! Plenty of twists and turns as this down-on-her-luck single mom takes on a carjacker !Published 18 months ago by JeremyC
I really liked this movie. It kept my interest thru out. I like all the characters. Fast moving and certainly worth the few dollars I spent. I highly recommend this film.Published 19 months ago by telstar62
I think the movie CarJacked is exciting and intense and the Actors Maria Bello & Stephen Dorff are wonderful.I really like this movie because it is full of intense action! Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Tamara
Maria Bello is Lorraine Burton, a woman who has a lot on her mind, primarily an ex-husband who is trying to get custody of her young son Chad (Connor Hill). Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by trebe
Lorraine (Maria Bello of Prime Suspect) is having a bad year. Her husband, Gary, has left her, filed for divorce and full custody of her son, Chad. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Jim Clark
I enjoyed this movie but one thing in the story bothered me. Maria Bello seemed too friendly with her carjacker. Otherwise it was good.Published on January 14, 2012 by John