Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.
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 cellular phone that Charles Schine uses is a Nokia 6230. See more »
Throughout the movie, each time the Chicago Metra train pulled into Union Station, the PA announcer kept saying that it was the end of the red line. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) uses color coded routes, and the Metra system uses actual named routes (Metra Milwaukee District North). Also, the view of the train entering the city shows it entering from the south, but Charles' briefcase tag says he lives in Wilmette which is north of the city. See more »
Clive Owen plays Charles Schine who has a sexy wife and a chronically ill kid. His job is going through the grinder and his family life causes some strain. Luckily for him he meets a pretty and intelligent girl on the train to work. They decide to take matters into their own hands and find a hotel somewhere to get further acquainted. But as things get steamy, a bad man with a gun enters the room, spanking Clive and raping Jennifer. Wallets and pride are taken and the extortion begins.
'Derailed' is a classical extortion flick in that every decision the protagonist makes is nonsensical but somehow incredibly predictable. As the story progresses, more and more absurd twists and turns in the story are needed to cover up the mess caused by earlier absurd twists and turns. By the time the movie ends, your watch will be glad it's over too, tired from being exhaustively looked at for a least 50 minutes.
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