A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.
A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief. Written by
The movie was released approximately two months after the 17 September 2005 derailment of a Metra commuter train that killed two people and injured 80. Although no train derails in the movie, Metra tried unsuccessfully to get the title changed. See more »
When the police officer starts to tell Schine that he'd better not be in the alley when he comes back around the block, his lip movement doesn't match the words heard. See more »
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Written by Xzibit (as Alvin Joiner), Jelly Roll (as David Drew), Jason Smith,
Mitchy Slick (as Charles Mitchell) and Marvin Jones
Performed by Strong Arm Steady featuring Xzibit and Jelly Roll (as Jellyroll)
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In the opening minutes of "Derailed," Charles Schine (Clive Owen) helps his daughter, Amy (Addison Timlin), with her book report, telling her the author constantly keeps the reader guessing with plot twists and turns.
You have to be unbelievably dense not to know that director Mikael Håfström and screenwriter Stuart Beattie meant that reference as a foreshadowing of their story. Unfortunately, instead it's only reference, because "Derailed" turns out to be one of the most predictable, unthrilling noir movies to hit theaters in a long while.
There's nothing surprising about Beattie's script. Seconds after Charles gets on the commuter train, you know exactly how this film is going to unwind. Once again, here is a Hollywood movie that is so utterly predictable that the audience, instead of being spun in various directions by a twisty plot, figures out the whole endeavor in minutes and then just bides time waiting for the characters on screen to do the same.
The plot follows all the expected points in such a mystery. It never once manages to do something novel, slightly different, just to keep us edge. No, Beattie and Håfström seem quite content to just unravel this by-the-numbers.
Owen's good in his role, but he's better than this awful material and he's been in thrillers that are vastly superior to this one. Aniston has proved she is more than just Rachel on "Friends." She was terrific in "The Good Girl" (2002). She's a good actress, but she's not exactly femme fatale material. At least, not yet. And this story needs a genuine femme fatale. Honestly, Aniston's Lucinda Harris would've been eaten alive by the likes of Barbara Stanwyck's Phyllis Dietrichson in "Double Indemnity" (1944), Mary Astor's Brigid O'Shaughnessy in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) or Jane Greer's Kathie Moffat in "Out of the Past" (1947).
This isn't bad noir. It's worse. This is dull noir. There really is no use twisting a plot when the audience knows them 30 minutes before they happen. Where's the thrill in that?
What's ultimately surprising about "Derailed" is that somehow the makers managed to talk Owen and Aniston into being in it.
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