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CHARLTON HESTON GETS SKYJACKED

year: 1972 rating: ***
Some of the best elements of hijacking, plane crashing, ship sinking, building burning or any other disaster type film is the setup before anything bad happens. Meeting each character beforehand, so when the tragedy occurs we care for each member during the perilous situation.

This 1970’s flick directed by John Guillermin starring Charlton Heston as a pilot of a skyjacked airliner, does the exact opposite. The passengers on board – including Rosie Grier as a cello player, Susan Dey as a hippie girl, Nicholas Hammond as a senator’s son, and Yvette Mimieux as the stewardess who’d once been linked with Heston and now dates co-pilot Mike Henry – aren’t very interesting. Except James Brolin as a high-strung Vietnam vet who needs a few drinks too many.

Boiling Brolin
The suspense builds once a “note” on the woman’s room mirror, written in lipstick, warns of the immanent hijacking. Although the description spoils who the culprit is, the story tries its best to keep us unaware until the menace is revealed as Brolin comes to life as a jaded veteran with flashbacks of a coming home ceremony, but we never get to know any reasons for his lunacy other than the stock "well he was in Vietnam so of course he's nuts," which perhaps was good enough then but not so much anymore: making him one-dimensional and ultimately, uninteresting.

Not bad for a melodrama, SKYJACKED is Heston’s ride as he plays the cool hero with ease. But as thrillers go it could have been much more intense. And anyone familiar with the TV show LOST – the final moments of this film mirrors the final moments of that show.
SKYJACKED starring Charlton Heston and an all-star cast, somewhat...
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2 comments:

  1. Wow....Laurie Partridge when still on her show!

    SC, first-time poster here..saw your Mr.Banks review and link from Internet Movie Databnase/Saving Mr.Banks board.:)

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  2. hey thanks Pokey!!! you're named after the coolest horse on the planet!!!

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