Derailed (Unrated Widescreen)
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The critics saw all the surprises ahead of time. I really didn't and I enjoyed them. (If you figured out the twists in A Beautiful Mind, you can guess this, too.)
Another possible reason for the tepid reviews is that it is an upsetting movie with several horrific scenes of violence. No doubt about it, it simply isn't a likable movie; if you were to take your kids --dont!-- they'd have nightmares.
Financial advisor Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston) and ad guy Charlie Schine (Clive Owen) have an illict affair after a chance meeting on a commuter train. But it doesn't go smoothly and soon they are victims of an extortion plot.
As usual, the advertising agency scenes are off the mark. What is a "commercial executive?" Even though we see Charlie at work what exactly does he do? (Even What Women Want -- a much better film -- went wrong here.) Even worse, there is no there there to the financial advisor scenes. So both characters' jobs are Hollywood hooey.
Both the main chracters are in a complete bind between family conflicts -- Charlie has a sick child -- high-pressure jobs, their shared secret, and their shared victimhood.
As in all the Hitchcock films, the victims can't go the police. (Remember how threatening the police officer is to Marion Crane -- Janet Leigh -- in Psycho?)
Surely this is no Hitchcock masterpiece, but it is an entertaining and twisty thriller.
The screenwriter Stuart Beattie also wrote the far better Collateral. Maybe the more you liked Collateral, the less you will like Derailed?Read more ›
Well, personally, I'd go ahead and contact the police anyway, tell them the story, but claim the woman was a totally anonymous pick-up that I'd never seen before and haven't seen since. Then I'd have the cops bust the blackmailer when he came to pick up the money he was trying to extort. End of story! Ah ... but you see, that's exactly the problem the makers of "Derailed" were faced with. If they had been interested in logic or believability, then their film would have been over in about forty minutes. They should have scrapped it, but no. Sadly, their solution was to pad the script with an extra hour's worth of "plot" that is, frankly, nonsensical garbage that ends up being an insult to the audience's intelligence. And in the end, the film limps to a silly and unsatisfactory conclusion.
Even in the face of such absurdity, cast members Clive Owen, Vincent Cassel, Xzibit, and RZA give it their best shot. You can tell they're trying. On the other hand, leading lady Jennifer Aniston seems uncomfortable throughout the entire movie.Read more ›
"Derailed" is the movie that truly turned me on to the talent of Mr. Clive Owen. In my humble opinion, Clive Owen is the best actor of his generation because he is thought-provoking and not afraid to get his hands dirty so to speak because he gladly plays multi-faceted roles. Clive reminds me of a young Clark Gable.
I have never been crazy about Jennifer Aniston (am I the only person that has never seen "Friends"?) Because she's never done anything that I liked; although I was able to sit through "The Object of My Affection." Jennifer Aniston is the perfect example of one of today's "stars" that coast by and do as little as possible but are able to rise right to the top. In any event, after I saw this movie I had a new fondness for her.
The movie has some very fascinating twists and turns, up to the very end. This is one of those movies that will give you chills. So sit back, and enjoy the ride with Clive Owen.
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Directed by Mikael Hafstrom; written by Stuart Beattie
*** WARNING -- Plot Points revealed --
Charles Schine (played well by the square-jawed Clive Owen) is a... Read more
When a movie's plot can fool me it automatically gets Four Stars at least. I give this movie the extra Star for the cast and fantastic performances by all of the cast members. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
Great movie! Jennifer Aniston is very good in the lead role.Published 9 months ago by Michael Vaughan