Carjacked (2011) – By Brian Morton

In the world of ‘mom and child in danger’ movies, there doesn’t seem to be much new ground to be broken. And a new movie from Anchor Bay kind of proves that point. It’s called Carjacked and it’s about…well…a carjacking.
Maria Bello plays Lorraine, a mom who’s working at the end of her rope. There’s no money, she’s dealing with issues stemming from her divorce and just struggling through day to day life. One evening, while on the way home with her son, she stops for gas, only to find a stranger (played by Stephen Dorff) in the back seat with a gun. Now, Lorraine is on a road trip with a bank robber who she’s not sure will let them leave, he swings from calm and rational to strange and psychotic from moment to moment! Can Lorraine overcome her own issues to get her and her child to safety? I guess you’ll have to check it out for yourself to find out.

The real problem I had with Carjacked was that it’s really a cookie-cutter style movie, mom-in-trouble with a child grabbed for no apparent reason by hostile stranger must figure a way to safety for her and her child….it’s really all there. Even the ending of this movie is exactly what you expect it to be…I won’t give it away, but you’re sure to see it coming a mile away!

If you’re in the mood for some mindless, revenge based entertainment, then you’ll enjoy Carjacked, if you’re looking for something wildly different…look somewhere else. Carjacked is a movie that would better be shown on the Lifetime channel, than sold as a revenge thriller. I’m giving Carjacked 2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not a terrible movie, it’s just nothing that you haven’t seen before. You can jump in the shotgun seat yourself by dropping over to http://www.anchorbayent.com.