By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
Maiden Voyage: Ocean Hijack was a made for television movie released in 2004. Starring b-movie and genre guru Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers cult fame, the film follows him as “Kyle Considine” a former firefighter and special forces operative who winds up against a terrorist conspiracy aboard a luxury cruise ship as he now works for an agency reviewing security measures. He is also taking care of his somewhat estranged son at the time.
Now you can write this off as another “Die Hard ripoff” all you want. Sure it has the good guy fighting back against the unsuspecting baddies from the inside and even though there doesn’t have to be much shame in that, that’s where the comparisons really end. This flick has scathing reviews online and I don’t really understand why. Sure it has a small budget but they made it work well enough. I actually found it to be pretty fun with a liveliness/energy to it appropriate for the premise.
Van Dien brings his usual natural charm and likability factor that always makes him easy to root for and liked the dynamic with his kid which is something I didn’t know about the story going in. Danielle Cormack whose worked on things like Xena co-stars as a former cop now security director onboard. She surprisingly possessed a natural prowess when it came to her getting in on the fight scenes herself. Christopher Stollery is our main baddie and while he’s not overly memorable, he wasn’t boring either. I’d also like to note a young Rose McIver (who was sensationally fun in iZombie) as one of the passengers who sort of acts as the sons love interest.
The action wasn’t necessarily something to write home about but I’ve seen bigger movies do worse and they knew how to pace it out budget aside. Overall this movie was actually a breeze to get though and on the right day I think it’s actually easier to sit and watch then Die Hard or Under Siege.