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Derailed (unrated)
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03.21.2006 By: Sturdy
Derailed (unrated) order
Director:
Mikael Hafstrom

Actors:
Clive Owen
Jennifer Aniston
Vincent Cassel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A married man meets a beautiful woman on a train during his daily commute. Things get intimate one night until a horrific event interrupts their passion and ruins his life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The commercials and previews for DERAILED led me to believe that it was a psychological thriller or a dramatic action movie. I’m sure that was intentional to increase attention and make more money at the box office. However, it’s neither of those things and if you go into it with that idea, you will be disappointed.

Instead, DERAILED is a character study of one normal guy who makes a mistake. He must gather himself together and rise above the situation, or risk losing everything he cares about. Clive Owen does a wonderful job here of portraying the emotions his character has, and despite his mistake and his weaknesses, we still feel sympathy for him. Jennifer Aniston also does a fine job, but she doesn’t play as big of a part as you might think. The real acting gem in the film is Vincent Cassel. He plays the villain with a confidence and ease that incites anger from the audience.

I enjoyed and respected how much effort was given to setting up the characters and their backgrounds. I’m sure the temptation was to cut quickly to the action and forego the pesky little detail of character development. I’m glad Hafstrom didn’t and the movie was better for it. With that said, when we finally did get to the climax, it was over too quickly. The answers just kind of fell into place and the main character was “fixed” rather abruptly and without explanation.

At the end of the day, DERAILED is an enjoyable ride. It moves a tad slow and the ending is over almost as soon as it begins, so watch it for the character study and not the action. It was also nice to see Jen break out of her niche and surprise her fans and the audience with a dramatic role.
THE EXTRAS
For the record, I didn’t notice anything in the film that would justify releasing it as an “unrated” edition. So when they say “unrated”, I assume they just added in an extra shot here and there and didn’t submit it to the MPAA.

Deleted scenes (10:37): You need to skip to the third scene where Jennifer Aniston does an incredible hardcore, fully nude sex scene with Clive Owen, thus justifying the “unrated” label on the disc. It was truly amazing. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t exist and none of the other scenes are worth anything. It’s clear they were all cut because they slowed down the pacing of the film. And sorry to get your hopes up about the sex scene.

Making of Derailed (8:16): This is eight minutes of the cast and crew telling you how great their movie is. It offers no insight, and nothing of any worth.

There are also some Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite the film’s problems, I still found myself entertained and shocked at times. I guessed the main surprise pretty early on, but there were moments when I was surprised to be witnessing what was happening on the screen. This is definitely a film that will be better the less you know about it, so I recommend watching it before someone ruins it for you.
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