It is recommended to watch all the episodes before reading this review.

Plane hijacking is no longer new in the film medium with various variations, from Airport, Air Force One, Passenger 57, Critical Decision, United 93, to Nonstop, but miniseries are rare. Hijack is an airplane hijacking thriller series George Kay and Jim Field Smith created. This series has seven episodes with an average duration of 44-50 minutes. This film, released by Apple TV + stars famous British actors, namely Idris Elba, Neil Maskell, Eve Myles, Christine Adams, Max Beesley, Archie Panjabi, Ben Miles, and Kate Phillips. Is this series able to present something different for its subgenre?

Sam Nelson (Elba) is an accomplished business negotiator who takes British Airline KA28 from Dubai to London. The 8-hour flight was fully loaded with 200 passengers and crew. Who would have thought, on the way, the plane was taken over by terrorists? In one small struggle, they managed to restrain the pilot and co-pilot, forcing all the passengers to obey their orders, including Sam. With his skills, Sam tries to negotiate with the terrorists. However, the terrorists that Sam faces are not ordinary terrorist groups that simply have a political agenda or ransom money.

Hijack is noted to be different from the typical films of its kind. The main protagonist is someone other than one with martial arts skills and an expert on weapons, like Steven Seagal or Liam Nesson. This series is not at all on the action but is an element of suspense. The protagonist’s skill in using his brain and verbal abilities is a plus point. Its brilliant script can consistently present a side of tension through surprises throughout the series. Each episode has its twist adding to the dramatic intensity. The final episode provides one of the most gripping segments for the subgenre. This miniseries of more than 6 hours feels like a 2-hour film.

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As is typical of its subgenre, the film’s endless plot takes turns presenting information on the plane and the ground. Officials and decision-makers are in a control room with full monitor screens. One unique thing, through the eyes of the terrorists’ partners down there, is how efforts are made to eliminate the witnesses who are their accomplices. The antagonist is a well-organized conspiracy; cleverly, the main mastermind doesn’t need to get their hand dirty. The modus operandi (the Hijack’s motive) is brilliant and fresh for the genre, pure money with no political frills.

All the cast played charmingly, from the passengers, the pilots, and the crew, operators at various airports, the police, to the authorities. Panic and anxious moods were consistently visible on all of their faces. But of all, Idris Elba is the star. We know Elba to be one of the candidates to play James Bond to replace Daniel Craig. This miniseries is like a casting test to prove that the character and figure of Sam Nelson have the serenity and charisma of Bond, not with muscles but with an expression and style of speech that is persuasive and difficult to read even in a stressful situation. Elba does it perfectly.

Hijack is a thrilling nonstop thriller with a side of surprise in each episode with the brilliant performance of the leading actor. For thriller connoisseurs, Hijack is a complete spectacle that is very tense and entertaining. The only drawback of this miniseries is that it is not a feature film. Seeing the series’ incredible achievements on the big screen is a joy. Perhaps we’ll see Sam Nelson in Bond form? Let’s wait.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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