Derailed (2005 film)

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Derailed

Theatrical poster
Directed byMikael Håfström
Produced byLorenzo di Bonaventura
Screenplay byStuart Beattie
Based onJames Siegel (novel)
StarringClive Owen
Jennifer Aniston
Vincent Cassel
Melissa George
Giancarlo Esposito
Addison Timlin
Xzibit
RZA
Music byEd Shearmur
CinematographyPeter Biziou
Editing byPeter Boyle
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company (U.S.)
Buena Vista International (Non-U.S.)
Release date(s)November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)
Running time113 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million
Box office$57,479,076
$27,051,000 (US DVD Home Video)
 
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Derailed

Theatrical poster
Directed byMikael Håfström
Produced byLorenzo di Bonaventura
Screenplay byStuart Beattie
Based onJames Siegel (novel)
StarringClive Owen
Jennifer Aniston
Vincent Cassel
Melissa George
Giancarlo Esposito
Addison Timlin
Xzibit
RZA
Music byEd Shearmur
CinematographyPeter Biziou
Editing byPeter Boyle
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company (U.S.)
Buena Vista International (Non-U.S.)
Release date(s)November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)
Running time113 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million
Box office$57,479,076
$27,051,000 (US DVD Home Video)

Derailed is a 2005 British-American thriller film based on the novel of the same name by James Siegel. The film is directed by Mikael Håfström and stars Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Melissa George, Addison Timlin, Giancarlo Esposito, RZA and Xzibit. This film was the first to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States. The film is set in Chicago.

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Plot

Charles Schine (Clive Owen), is a Chicago advertising executive, whose tale is being written down by an unidentified man in a prison cell. A flashback of several months shows Charles with his wife and teenage daughter. Charles's marriage is deteriorating, and his daughter suffers from diabetes, requiring expensive medication.

On a commuter train, Charles encounters an alluring woman named Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston). She is a married financial adviser. A mutual attraction develops, and the two begin meeting frequently. Ultimately, they decide to consummate their affair and wind up in a seedy hotel. An armed man— later identified as Philippe LaRoche (Vincent Cassel)— bursts into the hotel room, beats Charles, and brutally rapes Lucinda. Charles and Lucinda agree not to report the crime, as they do not want their spouses to learn of the affair. Shortly after, Charles is blackmailed by LaRoche, who threatens to kill his family if he doesn't pay $20,000, which Charles promptly pays. A month later, the attacker calls again, this time demanding $100,000.

Charles tells Winston Boyko (RZA), an ex-con, about LaRoche and asks for advice. Winston offers to scare LaRoche away in return for 10% ($10,000) of LaRoche's demand. Charles embezzles the $10,000 from his employer. However, LaRoche shoots Winston dead. Charles is questioned by detective Franklin Church (Giancarlo Esposito) about Winston's murder. Later, he receives a call from LaRoche: He has Lucinda at gunpoint, and will kill her if Charles doesn't bring the $100,000 immediately. Charles takes the money from an account meant specifically for his daughter's medical treatment; the payoff complete, he and Lucinda say a tortured goodbye.

When he stops by Lucinda's office and asks for her, he is shown a woman who is the actual Lucinda Harris. The woman he met on the train is really Jane, a temporary employee, who was impersonating Lucinda. Charles realizes Jane was in on the scam. He tracks her down and sees her kissing LaRoche. Determined to retrieve his stolen $130,000, he follows Jane's moves and sees that she has suckered another unsuspecting businessman. He returns to the hotel where Jane, LaRoche, and their partner Dexter (Xzibit) are setting up their new mark. Jane and the businessman go inside the room; Charles waits for LaRoche to approach, and knocks him unconscious before he enters. He breaks in and demands the return of his money. A gunfight ensues and everyone gets shot but Charles. After the melee, Charles watches the false Lucinda die and leaves with his briefcase, which still contains his money.

Charles is arrested for embezzling the $10,000 that he paid Winston and is sentenced to six months of community service teaching. During one of his classes, he comes across the story about him that was being written at the beginning of the film. The unknown writer instructs him to go to the laundry room—there, he finds LaRoche, who survived the gunfight. LaRoche threatens to continue interfering with his life but Charles stabs him to death. As he leaves, he encounters Detective Church. Though suspicious of Charles, he lets him return home to his wife and daughter.

Cast

Reception

Box office

Derailed opened in 2,443 theaters for an opening weekend gross of $12,211,986. The film made a domestic gross of $36,024,076 and an international gross of $21,455,000, giving it a worldwide gross of $57,479,076.[1]

Critics

Derailed received mostly negative reviews, with blog website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 21%.[2] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times awarded the films two and a half out of four stars and believed that Owen's and Aniston's performances were intriguing. Ebert said, "Clive Owen was my candidate for James Bond, and can play hard and heartless rotters (see "Closer"), but here he is quiet and sad, with a sort of passivity. He lets his face relax into acceptance of his own bad fortune. Jennifer Aniston does that interesting thing of not being a stereotyped sexpot but being irresistibly intriguing. That works with a man like Charles. Happily married, in debt, worried about his daughter and his job, he would be impervious to a sexy slut."[3]

Soundtrack

The Soundtrack album is on Wu Music & 36 Chambers Records.

  1. "Johnny" - Rular Rah
  2. "I Love You" - Thea Van Seijen
  3. "Sabotage" - Maurice Featuring HottWheelz
  4. "Winston's Theme" (Orchestral) - Edward Shearmur
  5. "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" - Grayson Hill
  6. "Really Want None" - Free Murda
  7. "I'm Sorry" - Maurice
  8. "Charles' Theme" (Orchestral) - Edward Shearmur
  9. "Better Man" - Maurice
  10. "My Love" - Thea Van Seijen
  11. "Better Man" (Guitar Remix) - Maurice
  12. "Trouble" (Video for the song can be seen and heard playing in the background of a scene) - Pink

The track that plays during the trailer is called Offshore, by Chicane. The track at the beginning of the trailer is actually called "Breathe Me" by Sia

Remakes

The film has also been remade in two Indian languages titled Pachaikili Muthucharam (Tamil) and The Train (Hindi) and a Sinhala film adaptation titled Dakina Dakina Mal.

See also

References

  1. ^ Derailed (2005). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
  2. ^ Derailed. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Derailed". Chicago Sun Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051110/REVIEWS/51107004. Retrieved July 16, 2010.

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