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Derailed - Review

Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in Derailed

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

WHILE not exactly a complete train wreck, Derailed is the type of movie that jumps the tracks early due to a complete lack of credibility and a curious lack of chemistry between its two attractive stars.

Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston are the two leads in question, whose lines cross during a train journey that leads to inevitable repurcussions.

For Owen is happily married advertising hot-shot, Charles Schine, who boards the Chicago commuter train one morning without realising he doesn’t have the money to pay for his ticket.

He is bailed out by Aniston’s fellow passenger, Lucinda Harris, who immediately befriends him and reveals that she is also married and working in the financial industry.

The two subsequently hang out together and eventually decide to do something about their attraction – but their choice of seedy hotel proves disastrous when their love-making is brutally interrupted by a violent trespasser (Vincent Cassel), who beats up Schine and sexually assaults Harris.

Given that both have secrets to hide neither goes to the police and both agree to try and get on with their lives, only to be further harassed by their attacker who begins to demand money in order to stay quiet.

A nasty game of blackmail ensues as Schine attempts to prevent his family from learning the truth, while attempting to get his own back on Cassel.

Unfortunately, the film feels so contrived that the only fun is in watching just how preposterous things become.

Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom attempts to throw in plenty of twists to keep audiences guessing but only succeeds in delaying the obvious, while his leads look uncomfortable with some of the material.

Aniston, in particular, fails to convince as the femme fatale, while Owen struggles to keep his character credible given the unlikely direction the script takes him in.

When the big twist finally does arrive it fails to surprise, while the events surrounding it are so overblown as to become hysterical.

Derailed is designed as a modern take on Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train, with a little of Fatal Attraction thrown in for good measure, but its tale of infidelity is so poorly related that viewers are the ones who are likely to feel cheated.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 1hr 40mins