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Coming off the series finale of FRIENDS, Jennifer Aniston sets out to prove herself a serious actress with DERAILED, a tense thriller that is anything but funny. While the film gives most of its screen time to Clive Owen, Aniston proves, as in THE GOOD GIRL, that she is capable of pulling off a dramatic role. Meeting on a commuter train one morning in Chicago, ad executive Charles (Owen) and financial analyst Lucinda (Aniston) have an immediate connection. Worn down by his job, strained marriage, and a sick child, Charles finds himself drawn to the escape Lucinda can offer. A lunch meeting, followed by dinner and drinks, leads the way to a rendezvous in a sleazy motel, where no sooner have the adulterous lovebirds ripped each others clothes off than a sadistic thief (Vincent Cassel) breaks into the room and puts them through hours of nightmarish horror. Because of their relationships illicit nature, the two are unable to go to the cops, and are thus virtually powerless to their attackers every whim, leaving themselves open to blackmail as he threatens their families and lives. Choosing momentary gratification and the excitement of the unknown over the values he generally holds dear, Charles more than pays the price for his indiscretion. Playing off his audiences greatest fears, director Mikael Hafstrom creates some scenes so horrific they are sure to haunt viewers for hours after the credits roll. A morality tale of sorts, DERAILED explores the terrible effects of lying and infidelity, while the films most powerful scenes leave viewers with the paranoid feeling that the only person you can trust is yourself.
Clive Owen finds himself on the wrong end of a psychotic blackmailer in this tense thriller from Danish director Mikael Hafstrom ("Evil"). Owen plays Charles Schine, a loving Dad and successful advertising executive whose marriage to Deanna (Melissa George) is dead from the waist down. Much of this is down to the pressure put on the union by their daughter's (Addison Timlin) extreme diabetes, which has left her on dialysis and them working every hour God sends to pay the medical bills. So when Charles meets the sexy Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston) during his morning commute one day, he's smitten. As their relationship grows, so does the danger and it's not long before the pair are checking into a low-rent hotel for an illicit one-night stand. But an intruder (Vincent Cassel), a vicious assault and blackmail soon throw Charles's life into turmoil.
Despite an intriguing start and some neat twists and turns, "Derailed" fails to live up to its promise and ultimately descends into a chaotic mix of predictable clichés - which is a bit of a surprise because screenwriter Stuart Beattie ("Collateral") is normally very dependable.
Cassel looks to be having fun, chewing up the scenery as despicable baddie. However Owen looks bored in the lead because lets face facts, Charles Schine is not the most exciting character he's ever going to play and it shows. Aniston though just seems rather lost, especially when a certain secret is revealed. If you haven't seen this twist coming from a mile off then you'll probably enjoy "Derailed" but for the rest of us, it's all depressingly predictable.
- 'The Making Of Derailed' featurette
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
Running Time: 107 minutes
Main Language: English
Certificate: 15 Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
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Release Date: 19-06-2006