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Derailed [HD DVD] [2006] [US Import]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I totally agree with another reviewer here about not listening to critics reviews. Afterall, they told me Perfume, Story of a Murderer was good and it was one of the most dismal films I have ever seen. Derailed on the other hand, is not.

Charles Schine is a tired Ad executive, who's marriage is in a rut and their only child in desperate need of expensive medication. On his daily commute, Charles meets Lucinda and soon begins to consider having an affair with her. This leads to violence and blackmail.

I don't want to give anything more away, but I found the story line original and, at times, truely frightening. Jennifer Anniston is excellent, as is Clive Owen. The added plot twists only add to the film.

One of the best thrillers I have seen- well worth a watch.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2006
This film was slated by the critics but I learnt long ago not to take a blind bit of notice of what the `experts' say about a movie because more often than not I disagree with their synopsis. Which is why I watched this movie with no preconceptions at all. I knew the part Jennifer Aniston was going to play would be a huge departure from the `girl-next-door' image and I was intrigued to see how she'd pull it off. My opinion: she pulled it off pretty darn well!

I really enjoyed this film and feel it's one of the better films of 2006 so far. I'd describe it as a thriller with a twist and would recommend it to fans of Jennifer Aniston purely so they can see her play a part far removed from what we're used to seeing her do. I was really impressed by her performance and think Clive Owen played the part of Charles to perfection. This was a fast paced movie which will give those who've thought of having an affair pause for thought as it shows why you should never cross some lines.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2008
I really enjoyed this film, I've seen hundreds of films and love thrillers, but I can honestly say that I've never seen a film quite like this before.

I guess this is a thriller that's also a psychological thriller with some really good twists and turns.

I do wonder sometimes if Clive Owen is truly a lead actor or not, but here he proves that he is in what could well be his best performances that I've seen of his to date, Jennifer Aniston is also in fine form in a role completely away from any other role I've seen her in, then there's the performance of Vincent Cassel who's superb as the villain, for me he's the best screen villain that I've seen for sometime.

It's difficult to say anything else about the film as it could give the game away, I try not to build up my hopes before watching films as you're always going to be disappointed from time to time at least, but this is an excellent film that I found riveting and it's rare for me to watch a film for the first time and find myself pulled in like this did, I'm very pleased to have added this to my collection.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2006
I loved this film! jennifer Aniston was brillant and the film has a really good twist. I watched it 3 times on a plane and i cant wait to buy it and watch it again. This proves that jennifer Aniston is a serious actress and can do more than just comedy. I reccomend this film to anyone who likes thrillers and enjoys twists. Its my faviourite film of the year so far!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2006
I have to say that I saw this film as soon as it was released, as there was so much hype from the end of 'Friends' and about how Jennifer Annistion could do 'serious' roles- and this film in no way dissapoints!

What starts as a chance encounter between two business people (Clive Owen, Sin City)(Jennifer Annistion, Friends) soon turns into a explosion of lies, passion, betrayal and murder.

This is definatley one of the best films of the year, and puts other thrillers to shame. Without letting on, if you like anything like 'Basic Instinct (1 or 2)' 'Fatal Attraction' or even 'Hitchcock Style Films' like 'Phsyco' then you will love Derailed.

And the film's twist is true to the tagline... 'You wont see it coming'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Derailed is Mikael Håfström's 9th movie, and is a very good one too. Charles (Clive Owen) is an ex-teacher, now working in stocks, and has a child who's in desperate need of medicines to stop her diabetes; Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston), is in the stock broker game too, but not everything is black and white.

They meet on a Chicago local train, as Charles has forgotten his money. Lucinda gives him $9, and his intrigue builds. He's obviously smitten with her, but he's no idea that it's not going to end well for him.

Not a bad movie altogether, Clive Owen's role is very well played, but Aniston just isn't convincing for me. Yes she does do a good job - but I feel that Clive's the stronger character. Vincent's role is predictable, they've always got him down for a bad guy for some strange reason, I'd like to see him in more roles, as he's a great actor.

The plot isn't bad too, but it's becoming a bit of a cliché of Hollywood cinema at this present time, I mean, how many films have a very similar background?

The DVD isn't as good as I expected, yes, the framing is great if you have a widescreen TV, but the extras are far from great. We get 4 deleted scenes and a making of, not really much. But when you think about it, how many extras do you really watch? Have to admit I only really use the commentaries when I really like a film.

Well worth renting, I don't see this having a lot of re-watching appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Derailed is directed by Mikael Håfström and adapted to screenplay by Stuart Beattie from James Siegel's novel. It stars Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassell, Melissa George and RZA. Music is scored by Ed Shearmur and cinematography by Peter Biziou.

Charles (Owen) and Lucinda (Aniston) meet on a commuter train and in spite of the fact they are married, start flirting. Ending up in a hotel one night, they're beaten and robbed by LaRoche (Cassell) who promptly starts blackmailing Charles......

There's a decent thriller in the mix here, if only it had had a director able to hide the surprises and a writer capable of not making his male protagonist such an unlikable git! It's a shame because the premise is a good one, and there are good performances from an agreeable cast. Film essentially asks us to root for Charles as he battles with a reoccurring villain of some nastiness (Cassell genuinely unnerving), yet not only is he a love cheat (a lovely wife at home and a very sick daughter), he also makes ridiculous errors of judgement. While the holes in logic for some sequences are bafflingly poor. Still, it does have thrills and it doesn't soft soap the violence. Taken on popcorn thriller terms, it's above average and worth a watch, but it's not half as clever as it thinks it is. 6/10
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2006
It's lured, melodramatic and violent, it defies logic, and you really have to suspend disbelief at most of what you are watching, but Derailed is a serviceable, quite exciting genre thriller that hits all the right notes and is mostly worth watching for the sexy chemistry between Clive Owen and Jennifer Anniston. Thriller fans will enjoy this movie, as it has a slick, polished sensibility and a plot that just races along, but don't expect it to be without fault.
Charles Schine (Clive Owen) is having a rough time lately. Charles and his wife Deanna (Melissa George) are stressed in their marriage. Both have been working constantly to save extra cash for their ailing daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes requiring her to have a home dialysis machine and undergo other expensive treatments. One confusing morning, after leaving home Charles forgets to take enough money to pay for his train fare.
Lucky though, there is the generous and sexy yuppyish Financial Advisor Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Anniston) to buy a ticket for him. Soon they develop a train riding relationship, and benign pleasantries turn into having lunch, which turns into drinks after work. The accelerated flirtation eventually culminates in attempted infidelity. Soon they find themselves making out and going to a seedy hotel for a secret romp.
Their tryst is thwarted when a French-accented thug breaks into their room and enacts, with theatrical relish, the worst nightmare of guilt-ridden, well-heeled adulterers. Blaming the whole thing on getting mugged Charles tries to put it behind him when he gets a call at home from his attacker, Philippe Laroche (Vincent Cassel), who begins a game of blackmail needing $20,000 or things will be taken further.
Directed by Mikael Håfström from a vaguely familiar screenplay by Stuart Beattie, the film ushers in every twist and turn with a kind of unsubtle foreboding, but that's half the fun of the movie. The shocks and plot twists come with a shocking intensity with Håfström accomplishing the difficult task of making Owen seem ineffectual and lumpish and Anniston sharp and grim, he's also made Vincent Cassel's slick, versatile, multilingual arch-villain LaRoche improbably florid and cartoonish.
Rather than nail its characters to the bed they've made, Derailed spins off into reprehensible mastermind territory, all the while slogging through a predictable rehash of the cinematic dangers of cheating on your wife - especially if you happen to be an upper-middle-class executive, your wife a gorgeous blond schoolteacher and your daughter a vulnerable, sickly waif whose fourth kidney transplant you've scrimped and saved for.
Yet the film is always compelling, and imminently watchable and it's interesting seeing Owen and Anniston together; they have the type of relationship that achieves a pulpy, darkly driven passionate intensity that commands an equally hammering denouement for them both. Mike Leonard March 06.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 February 2007
I thought about not bothering with this movie thanks to some unfavourable reviews, but then thought what the hell and brought it on Amazon ( the trailer looked great) and I have to say i loved it, it did the job a thriller is supposed to do, Clive Owen was superb, Vincent Cassel scary and Jennifer Aniston was a revalation after playing Rachel Green for so many years, she may be perceived as less dimensional than Clive Owens character during the mid part of this movie but there is a reason for this which you will see. Then the end...well three decent twists, two of which come one after the other directly at the end. The only negative point is the implausibilty factor involved...but if your the kind of person who can suspend belief in the name of entertainment then you'll have a great time watching this movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2007
This was a good solid thriller the acting was very good from two so called A-listers in the film world. It had a nice easy story to follow and the twist at the end to be honest I didn't see coming. Well worth a view can't fault it really.
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