Apparently, screenwriters Sherry and Michael Compton believe that the experience of being carjacked is a calm and subdued one.
Granted, unless one has actually gone through such an ordeal, it is impossible to guarantee that one would act a certain way. However, it is safe to assume that any victim – regardless of their recent pressure – would likely refrain from bonding with their attacker, much less in a manner that suggests a sense of comfort. Yet, that is precisely how the Comptons have written “Carjacked.”
Maria Bello plays Lorraine, a vulnerable single mother who, during a routine stop at a gas station is overtaken by Roy (Stephen Dorff), a vicious bank robber on the run. With her 5 year-old son Chad (Connor Hill) in the car, Roy forces Lorraine to drive to meet up with his accomplice who still has money from the heist.
Of course, Lorraine faces not only her own possible death but that of her son, as well, thereby requiring her to summon an inner-strength and courage that she never thought she had. Directed by John Bonito, who also helmed 2006’s “The Marine,” “Carjacked” also stars Joanna Cassidy, Catherine Dent and Gary Grubbs.
Unfortunately, other than its grand finale, “Carjacked” bears no resemblance to “The Marine” and its amazing adrenaline. Instead, it feels like an extremely misguided Lifetime original movie. In other words, Lorraine has got all kinds of psychological stress that she must work through over the course of this film and is quick to do so in the most ridiculous way imaginable.
Granted, there are a few moments here and there during which Lorraine makes halfhearted attempts to flee from her captor but she mostly just sits idly by while complaining about her ex-husband with whom she is battling over Chad’s custody. Moreover, those halfhearted attempts suggest that the character lacks any common sense whatsoever.
To “Carjacked’s” credit, said lack of common sense is actually referred to in the film, as are the psychological that encourage her to buddy up to someone who poses a threat to her life and that of her son. However, sometimes simply talking about it does not help. Lorraine learns this but, unfortunately, she does so too late for the movie to function as the guilty pleasure it promised to be.
“Carjacked” (R – 89 minutes) is now available on Blu-ray and DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley.