Portland, Oregon “Inside my briefcase there is a bomb. I will use it if I need to. This aircraft is being
hijacked….” The 70s. Christmas Eve. The charts and maps have all been burned. The wig, the suit and the disguise are
set. A solid plan with a bit of bourbon. A serious man can pull it off.
Jeff Pickett's The Skyjacker is what independent filmmaking is all about. Shot on the Panasonic
DVX100, this little introspective thriller works in a rough and tumble way. The droning of the soundtrack there to ensure
we don’t forget. You can feel it in the pit of your stomach. There’s a lot a stake. With a briefcase and what appears
to be an explosive devise, a plane is diverted and demands are issued. Parachutes and $100,000 in used bills... Refuel
and pick up the goods. There’s no room for error. This is deadly serious. If all goes well no one gets hurt. If not?
There’s the bomb. The bomb is ready. The skyjacker is ready.
Based on the famous case of the mysterious D. B. Cooper, The Skyjacker follows an unnamed man, played
by filmmaker Pickett, through his day that just happens to include a hijacking. The man, a down and out loner, just like
the legendary Cooper, boards an airplane in the Northwest in the 1970's and undertakes a plan to hold it for ransom. Along
the way, he forms a bond with one of the flight attendants, consumes a number of miniature bourbons, and smokes a whole
lot of cigarettes—the entire time with his hand on what he says is a bomb hidden inside a suitcase. – Mike Skurko
Shot is just 5 days, The Skyjacker is remarkably well-cast, and the performances are unique and
appropriately aloof for the material giving the film an off-kilter feeling. Sparse dialogue helps make the movie serious
and meditative. And luckily for the filmmakers, they had access to an airplane fuselage similar to the very one that
Cooper himself leapt from in the 1970's. – einsiders.com
Official selection: 2008 Rotterdam International Film Festival