High Jack: Offensive, Tiresome and Simply Unfunny
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
A DJ with a downward spiraling career is forced by circumstances to be a drug mule on a flight to Delhi. Unfortunately for him, the flight he chooses to travel in is hijacked by frustrated employees who are unhappy with the company shutting down. To induce further chaos, the passengers of this flight are accidentally served a spiked drink. The hilarious circumstances that envelop this chaotic journey form the crux of High Jack.
On paper, a story as chaotic as High Jack holds a lot of potential for rib-tickling comedy. Unfortunately, debut director Akarsh Khurana fails to exploit this chaos. Instead, all you are left with is a stoner comedy with un-funny punch lines and annoying knock-knock jokes that leaves you infuriated, to say the least.
One of the most evident flaws in the film is the poorly written roles of the supporting characters. Apart from the lead actors, the rest of cast just stares into the unknown, paying no attention to the happenings in the film. In fact, most of them appear clearly disinterested in being part of the tale. This leads to a lack of urgency in a film based on such a chaotic premise. When chaos is presented without urgency, what is the point? Even though High Jack is a comedy film, a certain amount of energy is required for it pull in the audience and take notice of the proceedings.
From using disgusting trouser-tearing sounds to punctuate its punch lines to delivering politically incorrect jokes at the expense of transsexuals, the comedy quotient of the film is extremely crass. It is either mind-numbingly irritating or unbelievably offensive. To make matters worse, after a point, the comedy in High-Jack gets increasingly repetitive. One fine example of the clichéd comedy is a sequence where characters exchange a knock knock joke. It goes like this “Knock, Knock” “Who’s There?” “Hi” “Hi, Who?” “Hi-Jack”. Such unimaginative jokes make you wonder if the directors were stoned while writing this stoned-comedy. Furthermore, the director introduces a manly air-hostess named Amanda to this equation. Beyond this point, whatever little laughs the film evokes fade away.
Even if you manage to look past the repetitive jokes, the pacing of High Jack is dreadfully slow. One painful punch line after another is sent your way in the slowest manner possible.
Beyond a point, the happenings in the film appear so random and un-coordinated that you begin to wonder if the director lost sight of the bigger picture. Not being able to find the core concept of this chaotic tale, the director leaves us with a half-baked screenplay that refuses to move in any direction after the first half.
It is sad to see trusted production houses like Phantom backing a film that is irresponsible, clueless and simply tiresome. How can a production house that was responsible for Queen, willfully sign on a film that is so juvenile and silly that it makes even fart-jokes appear mature?
Playing DJ Rakesh, Sumeet Vyas delivers an underwhelming performance. A talented actor like him is wasted on a mind-numbing role like this one. Even talented actors like Mantra Mugdh and Kumud Mishra are left underused in the film. Mugdh chooses to ham his way through the film while Kumud Mishra is stuck playing a clichéd role that is occasionally offensive. Playing the co-pilot, Sonnalli Seygall delivers the worst performance of her career. She appears disinterested and only dresses her part to perfection. Her emotions and body language appear too casual to be passed off in a chaotic premise.
Editor Ajay Sharma’s cramped editing style in the film is extremely disappointing. Scenes either stay on for longer than they are meant to or appear for too little time. Not even one frame in the film is memorable thanks to the inconsistent editing and incoherent screenplay of High Jack.
The film’s music bears fresh concepts that could’ve been used much more creatively. But just like the ineffective screenplay, the songs too fail to leave a lasting impression. Nucleya’s music though hum-worthy appears to be forced into a film where it definitely doesn’t belong.
On the whole, High Jack is tiresome, unfunny and simply annoying. Time is too precious to be wasted on a film in which one of the characters refuse to eat a meal just because it’s name bears resemblance to a city in Pakistan.