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Derailed ()

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featuring Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Melissa George, Giancarlo Esposito

A clandestine love affair may claim a terrible price from two desperate people in this psychological thriller. Charles Schine (Clive Owen) is an advertising executive who is married to Deanna (Melissa George) and has a young diabetic daughter whose third kidney operation has just failed. Charles' life turns a most unexpected corner when he meets Lucinda Harris (Jennifer Aniston) on a commuter train. Lucinda, who is also married with a daughter, keeps bumping into Charles on the train, and they strike up a friendship that soon grows into something deeper. Eventually Charles and Lucinda meet for lunch, then dinner, then check into a posh hotel, but the consequences turn out to be greater than they imagined; the dangerous criminal Philippe LaRoche (Vincent Cassel) breaks into the couple's hotel room, beats Charles nearly unconscious, and rapes Lucinda. The problem doesn't end there, however; LaRoche soon unveils both his certainty that the couple avoided calling the police, and -- more troublingly -- his possession of Charles' personal information. When he makes the ill-advised attempt to blackmail the couple, Charles turns to a rough-cut friend from his workplace, who offers to help out -- for a small commission.Derailed was the first American project for Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hsfstr÷m. Mark Deming, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Sivvie

The twists and turns of an affair.

by Sivvie on Aug 7, 2010

At first this will seem like a thriller of the usual mould, but not for long. Two married people begin an affair and get caught in a compromising situation by a blackmailer. The two attractive leads, Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston, are usually interesting to watch, but it's the tight, intricate plot that is the star of this movie. The scriptwriter doesn't cheat by putting in blind alleys: everything shown adds towards the unexpected ending. It's an edgy film that makes the heart beat faster, and the plot builds into anxious tension and fear that doesn't let up, due in part to the seediness of some situations, although, as well, the director uses bright, clean, up-market surroundings to continue the sense of foreboding. When these sorts of clever scripts work, there is something absorbing and worthwhile in watching a film that has been reasoned out without the artistic side being compromised. After "Derailed" has ended, the viewer will probably go back and put the pieces into place which had seemed something other during the viewing, and will find that everything fits.

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