Published Nov 01, 2005Recently, Jennifer Aniston told Donny Deutsch of CNBC's The Big Idea that she chose the script for Derailed because it was so tightly written she just couldn't find any holes in it. Perhaps it's time for Jennifer to get her reading and comprehension skills tested.
Aniston plays Lucinda, a financial executive that finds herself involved in blackmail when she and Charles (Clive Owen) are caught in an adulterous act by a petty criminal, Laroche (Vincent Cassel). Laroche comes back to haunt them for thousands of dollars, and when Charles pays, Laroche demands more, using Lucinda as leverage.
Though Owen tries his best, nobody could possibly plug all the holes in the Swiss cheese hull of this sinking script. It doesn't help that Aniston swings between golden moments and cardboard expressions; hers may be the most inconsistent performance in recent history. She and Owen have no chemistry at all.
Someone could write a thesis on the pile of red herrings and improbabilities that is Derailed, but I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Let's just say the people at my screening were laughing for all the wrong reasons. So stay away from Derailed, unless you're in the mood for an unintentional comedy. It's one of the worst films I've ever seen. (Alliance Atlantis)