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Hijacked: Flight 285 (DVD)

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Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 1996 / Actors: James Brolin, Ally Sheedy ... / DVD released 16 November, 2006 at Allumination / Features of the DVD: NTSC

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      30.01.2002 20:13
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      I normally enjoy thriller films but I am afraid that I found this movie very disappointing. As with most aircraft type disaster films the first ten minutes of the film were spent introducing us to the passengers as they made their way to the airport for flight 285 from Phoenix to JFK airport. It was the usual mix of an old couple, a man in a wheelchair, an arguing couple and of course a small child. But unknown to the passengers as they boarded the aircraft, was that at the back of the plane two FBI agents were guarding a convicted murderer as he was being transferred between prisons. The murderer, Peter Cronin, is played by Anthony Michael Hall, but even his great acting is not enough to bring alive this film. The plot is very laboured and moves along at a very slow pace. Two armed friends of his release Cronin from the FBI agents and together the three of them hijack the plane and demand to be taken to Dallas. His fellow hijackers are Andrew Leary (played by James Lancaster) and Shayna Loring (played by Hudson Leick). Hudson Leick is very attractive and she is really the only highlight of the film. Peter Cronin uses the aircraft’s telephone to call his old FBI adversary Frank Layton (played by Perry King) and demands that Layton is joined by FBI negotiator Deni Patton (played by Ally Sheedy) and they should both be at Dallas Airport when the plane lands. The plot then follows the battle of power between the hijackers and these two FBI agents and very little else happens in the film. After a very slow pace throughout the whole film the ending seems to suddenly come along and the film finishes. You just feel cheated and find yourself saying “Is that it”? I kept watching this film hoping that it would get better, but I now know that it doesn’t and so it is a film that I will not bother to watch again. The acting is not too bad, it is just a shame that the actors did not h
      ave better material to work with. I would recommend you give this film a miss.

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