High Jack Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Sarthak Kakar, Kumud Mishra, Mantra Mugdh, Muzamil Qureshi, Natasha Rastogi, Sarang Sathye, Sonalli Seyygal.
Director: Akarsh Khurana
What’s Good: The trailer! Yes, the only good things in the movie were already shown in the trailer leaving the draggy sequences to suffer.
What’s Bad: Umm, to start with… Everything! Also, the sound of heartbreak to see someone as talented as Sumeet and Kumud sir in such a film.
Loo Break: Not always, only when the movie is running on screen, while interval you can enjoy your refreshments.
Watch or Not?: Don’t try even if you’re having a bad trip, this will make it worse.
High Jack is the story about a hijacking of a plane by an amateur group. The passengers list has some varied people including a DJ named Rakesh or Rockesh, an annoying couple Mr. & Mrs. Taneja, a teenager who has this habit of poking his nose in anything and everything, a wannabe cricketer who’s been accused of match fixing & few other less important people.
They all have a little bit of a backstory which has nothing to do with the main plot (if there’s one). The main plot is about Vinit (Mantra) and his fellow-hijackers doing some weird stuff in this steal. In between everything, Rakesh mixes drugs in the beverages of certain passengers which makes them trip. Rest of the story revolves around how and why Vinit hijacks the flight.
High Jack Movie Review: Script Analysis
Adhir Bhat’s story and Akarsh Khurana’s writing are the two main culprits of this disaster. Adhir must’ve been sleepwalking throughout the process of writing because what else could be the reason to execute such a drag. The idea, of hijacking a plane on which everyone is high and hijackers are amateurs, was so novel and fresh but it’s wasted.
This could’ve been a Scarface on sky but unfortunately it’s just another Kaalakaandi. The Saif Ali Khan starrer was released last year also had the backdrop of drugs and was as bad as this. The narration gets so repetitive after a period of time, you just feel to doze off in between. Even if you sleep for a while you’ll get up missing nothing.
High Jack Movie Review: Star Performance
Sumeet Vyas, yet another film and still he’s not been fully utilised. Hope Veere Di Wedding does the trick for him. He’s good in parts but overall he’s doing something for what he’s not known for. We’ve to see the quirky side of him and all we get to see is the bland one.
Kumud Mishra shines as the annoying Punjabi uncle; he literally irritates with his performance (Pun unintended). His forced laughs get on nerves as they get repetitive. Natasha Rastogi as Mrs. Taneja does fine but has many meaningless scenes, thanks to the lazy script.
Mantra Mugdh, on whom the limelight should’ve been, has very limited presence. He should’ve been the quirky one, instead he’s the serious amongst all.
High Jack Movie Review: Direction, Music
Akarsh Khurana, the man who has written screenplay for Kites, Krrish and Krrish 3, who also has written Sumeet Vyas’ web series Tripling, is making his directorial debut with High Jack. Unfortunately, it’ll not be a memorable one. The try was good but he spent his force in the wrong direction. Some extensive work on the script could’ve given them a product they wanted.
Nucleya’s Behka is the only takeaway from the film and that too is not properly used. Rest of the songs fail to create the desired impact and are there just for the sake of it.
High Jack Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, High Jack has a novel concept but a poor treatment, some very fine actors but none of them work due to a lackluster script. Don’t opt for this one when you’ve Deadpool playing in the screens around you.
High Jack Movie Trailer
High Jack releases on 18th May, 2018.
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