Derailed: Film # 27 of Film 365

Tuesday 19th April 2011

Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Year: 2005
Stars: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Melissa George

I picked this to watch because I wanted something fairly easy. It's not exactly a brain-taxing movie, although it is a perfectly acceptable thriller.

Charles Schine (Owen) meets a girl on a train (Aniston) and starts having an affair. Some bizarre events lead to Schine then being pursued by LaRoche (Cassel) for all his cash.

There are a lot of twists and turns here. The problem is, you'll have seen most of them before and they're pretty easy to spot. Nothing here really surprised me. But then, the entire film felt remarkably familiar to me. I'm not entirely sure if this is just because it follows the standard thriller blueprint, or if I've seen it before and just forgotten about it! Either way, I still enjoyed the ending. It's still perhaps a little obvious, but it is rather satisfying.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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