Derailed [HD DVD]  [US Import]
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With a nasty villain and a plot twist that will take many viewers by surprise, Derailed is the kind of potboiler that's enjoyable in spite of its flaws. It's basically two-thirds of a good movie, with a convincing set-up and a barely plausible payoff that... well, you've just got to see it and decide for yourself. Like Fatal Attraction, it's a good-enough thriller that turns infidelity into every man's nightmare, beginning when Charles (Clive Owen), a well-to-do Chicago advertising director with a sickly, diabetic daughter and a slightly troubled marriage, has a chance encounter with Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston), a lovely and quick-witted financial advisor who's also stuck in a marital rut. Their chemistry is instant (between both characters and stars), but their eventual hotel tryst is interrupted by a mugger (French actor Vincent Cassel at his vile, despicable best) who's out to milk Charles for every dollar he's got. Of course, one phone call to the police would solve everyone's problems, but as he did with Collateral (albeit more convincingly), screenwriter Stuart Beattie turns up the tension with such manipulative skill that you're willing to skate past the plot holes and go along for the ride. With lively supporting performances by rappers Xzibit and RZA, Derailed marks a commercially slick American debut for Swedish director Mikael Håfström, whose 2003 thriller Evil was a Best Foreign Film Oscar-nominee. --Jeff Shannon --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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I don't want to give any more of the plot away but it is one of those films where you will find yourself shouting at the screen in frustration. What would it take for Charles to do the sensible thing and go to the police, why is he so gullible, why does his wife let a stranger into their home? It is all a bit too daft to be scary and goes on a little too long. Having said all that is was nice to watch Jennifer Aniston doing something different and Clive Owen is always very watchable. They make a great on-screen couple and I would like to see them together in something more credible. This film provides a decent hour and a half of entertainment but I doubt you'll bother to watch it more than once.
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.
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.
The story is about a woman and a man who meet on the train. They hit it off and decide to meet up later, although the woman is married with a child, they both decide to get a room for the night at a Hotel. There night is interupted when a mugger finds his way into there room, he rapes the woman and beats the man.
But the mugger doesn't stop there, he blackmails them both for more money. They decide not to take it to the police because the woman fears that her Husband will find out what she was planning at the Hotel, so they keep quiet and agree to pay him, but soon he wants more money. Thats when it turns ugly and the man decides to get someone to kill the mugger... but epicily fails! I wont spoil the rest but it slowly unravels a twist you definately don't see coming!
Worth watching if you like unexpected twists brilliant film !!
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