Derailed (2005 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Screenplay by Stuart Beattie
Based on Derailed by James Siegel
Starring Clive Owen
Jennifer Aniston
Vincent Cassel
Melissa George
Giancarlo Esposito
Addison Timlin
Music by Ed Shearmur
Cinematography Peter Biziou
Edited by Peter Boyle
Distributed by The Weinstein Company (U.S.)
Buena Vista International (Non-U.S.)
Release dates November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $22 million
Box office $57,479,076
$27,862,083 (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 was also the first film to be released by The Weinstein Company in the United States. The film is set in Chicago.


Charles Schine (Clive Owen), is an advertising executive. His marriage is deteriorating, and his daughter suffers from diabetes, requiring expensive medication. She is unable to go to school since she has frequent issues breathing, and is homeschooled by her father. Charles's story is being written down by an unidentified man in a prison cell.

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 does not pay $20,000, which Charles promptly pays. A month later, the attacker calls again, this time demanding $100,000.

Charles explains his situation to Winston (RZA), an ex-con who works as a repairman in his building and whom Charles had earlier befriended. Winston offers to scare off LaRoche for ten percent of the payout. Charles agrees and embezzles the money from his company. He and Winston then travel to the meeting location specified by LaRoche, intending to get the drop on him. However, before they can act, Winston is shot and killed. LaRoche appears and takes the money, leaving Charles to dispose of the body. Afterwards, Charles is questioned by detective Franklin Church (Giancarlo Esposito) about Winston's murder. Later, Charles receives a call from LaRoche who claims that he will kill Lucinda if Charles doesn't deliver the $100,000. Charles takes the money from an account meant for his daughter's medical treatment and makes the payoff.

Some time later, Charles stops by Lucinda's company to ask to see her and is introduced to the real Lucinda Harris. The woman he met on the train is identified as Jane, a temp who had worked there briefly. Charles realizes Jane was in on the scam. He tracks her down and sees her kissing LaRoche. Determined to retrieve his stolen money, he follows Jane's moves and sees that she is seducing another unsuspecting businessman. He rents a room in the same hotel where Jane, LaRoche, and their partner Dexter (Xzibit) set him up and awaits them as they snare their new target. Jane and the businessman go inside the room, but Charles knocks LaRoche unconscious before he can enter the room. Charles breaks in and demands the return of his money. A gunfight ensues, and everyone gets shot but Charles. After the melee, Charles watches Jane die. Charles, while in his rented room is cleared by the police near the crime scene. As he leaves the hotel lobby, the continued investigation has all contents from the hotel safe laid out on the front desk. Charles casually I.D.s his briefcase, which still contains his money and quietly leaves the hotel.

Charles later is arrested for embezzling the $10,000 that he paid Winston and is sentenced to six months of community service teaching in a prison. During one of his classes, he comes across the story about him written on one of the students papers. The unknown writer instructs him to go to the laundry room. There, Charles finds LaRoche, who survived the gunfight. LaRoche threatens to continue to disrupt Charles's life, but Charles reveals that he has planned the encounter. He produces a shank (improvised knife) which Winston had given him and stabs LaRoche to death. As Charles leaves, he encounters Detective Church who indicates that he knows LaRoche killed Winston. While Church suspects Charles of killing LaRoche, he lets him return to his family where Charles reconciles with his wife and daughter.



Box office[edit]

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]


Derailed received mostly negative reviews, with blog website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 20%.[2] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 1 to 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film a 40 based on 34 critics.[3] 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."[4]


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


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.

In 2010, the film was remade in Ghana by filmmaker Frank Rajah Arase as Temptation. It stars Majid Michel and Frank Artus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Derailed (2005). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Derailed
  3. ^ Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Derailed". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 

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