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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong disturbing violence, language and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This predictable thriller goes way off the track.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; The making of Derailed; Audio: English, French ; Subtitles: English [CC], Spanish.

Clive Owen ("Closer") plays Charles Schine who's in an unhappy marriage. He and his wife have good paying jobs but they're always strapped for cash because their daughter has type one diabetes and needs expensive medical treatments. When he meets Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston) on his morning commute and she pays his fare because he's forgotten to buy a ticket, he initiates an affair with her. But he ends up paying dearly for this mistake. Before their affair really gets going they get robbed and beaten up by a a thug named La Roche (Vincent Cassel) in a slum hotel. He takes their money and subsequently blackmails them for more. They can't tell anyone what happened, of course, because anyone they tell will want to know why they were in that hotel room to begin with. Then a few weeks later La Roche comes back demanding more money, a lot more. But Charles can't give all his savings to Laroche, as his young daughter needs it for her diabetes treatment and medication. So Charles becomes a desperate man, pathetically attempting to fight back which leads to even further repercussions. When he does finally gets up the will to fight back, itís anti-climatic and hard to believe. Meanwhile his wife still has no idea whatís going on even when La Roche comes to their home and pretends to work with her husband as a tactic to scare Charles into paying him even more money. Aniston plays her part well enough, but she has so few scenes with Owen that their attraction and chemistry is not very well established. She does a credible job of shedding her chirpy television image in the drama of the nightmare that has befallen her. Although this predictable little thriller directed by Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom in his first English-language feature is the sort of movie that might hold your interest for a while, it's not one you'll be talking or even thinking about afterwards.

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