A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen
Directed By: Mikael Hafsrom
Rated: PG13 for Violence and Lanaugage and Other Evil things like that

Final Grade:

Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell

*Pretty Predictable, If you think about it hard enough, you’ll figure it out before the ending comes about

*Clive Owen is so good at being the character you should hate yet you secretly enjoy

*Why is it the Clive Owen Looks So Cool with a gun?

I wanted to enjoy Derailed far more than I actually did. The story was interesting enough that it kept me going for a few hours, but I never want to see it again. The film was slow starting, and took forever to actually go anywhere. Once it did go somewhere I felt cheated by the ending. It was something I predicted at the beginning of the film but quickly dismissed. Cinematically this film is a mess. It tries to be too arty for it’s own good. The gritty camera shots and oddball supporting characters were more distracting to me than entertaining.

Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston make this movie bearable. They compliment themselves marvelously, but Owen steals the scene every time he is on the screen. Clive Owen is quickly rising as an outstanding actor, and while I admit I was wishing he would have been the next James Bond, I’m excited to see what he can do now that he has turned the super spy role down. He plays the role of the family man in crisis quite well in this over all mediocre role, and was marvelous last year in “Closer.” So one can only imagine what great films the future has in store for him.

The Verdict:
Derailed isn’t really that great. It’s mildly enterataining, but will be quickly forgotten hours later. I’d suggest it as a rental if you’re really bored, but only because of the acting talents of Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. Save Your bucks and stay out of the theaters for this one. You’ll be glad you did.

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