Derailed (2005)

Directed by Mikael Håfström
Written by Stuart Beattie, James Siegel (novel)

Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassell, Melissa George, RZA, Giancarlo Esposito, Xzibit, David Morrissey, Dennis O’Hare, Tom Conti, Addison Timlin.

Two separately married people Charles (Owen) and Lucinda (Aniston) meet by happenstance on a train, they soon form a friendship – as they both appear to be in troubled marriages, and decide to have an affair. On the night of it, they are robbed by Frenchman LaRoche (Cassell). However he does not stop harassing them, and demands money from Charles. Money meant for his sick daughter.

Only okay thriller from Håfström, who would go on to direct a few more decent horror films. Beattie would go on to write Pirates of Carribean, and the amazing Collateral . While the premise is good, there is some fairly obvious plot development later in the film.

Some of the cast it feels were underused, primarily Esposito’s detective who is investigating a death that occurs midway through the movie. Other actors such as the token rappers – feel very mid 2000’s and while there is nothing against either of their performances, they do feel out of place.

This is as far away from a typical Jennifer Aniston movie as you can get, and it is just another film in her filmographies that shows she is a wonderful actress. This was very soon after her exit from Friends and one of her most forgotten roles, despite it being out of the ordinary for her.

Not a terrible film by any measure, but it is hampered by some questionable acting, from lead star Owen. He was riding high on the coattails of another film a year ealier, and this was bookmarked between an even better film a year later.

It goes on for a bit too long too, and at 108 minutes, could have easily shed at least 15 minutes from the runtime, especially the final 10, which were a bit redundant.

This is definitely one of those movies where you really only need to see once, and it’s quite forgettable after that.



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