Derailed is a jaw-dropping thriller that is often shocking and disturbing. With his marriage to Deanna (Melissa George) on the rocks and his daughters diabetes worsening, Charles Schine (Clive Owen) is becoming weary. So, when a young, attractive banker named Lucinda (Jennifer Aniston) takes notice of him on his daily train commute, he cant help but indulge his curiosity and begin an adulterous relationship with her. Their risky affair leads them to a tawdry old hotel where they are interrupted by a gun-wielding intruder. What happens next turns their lives upside-down as they now must fight to keep their affair a secret and to protect their own families from the deranged Mr. Laroche (Vincent Cassel), who continues his assault through extortion and threats of exposing the couples indiscretion. The films attempts at suspense and intrigue will only leave viewers reeling from the onscreen terror they experience instead.
Derailed is a creative film at best, but its creativity comes from the darkest part of the human mind. Though the storyline is gripping, it is contaminated by an onslaught of vile and dreadful events. Once this film takes the plunge into the forbidden, it never turns back. It is a journey into the depravity of human nature, exploring elements of adultery, rape, abortion, murder and greed. If this isnt enough, viewers experience a barrage of strong obscene language with 45+ occurrences of the f-word alone. As the film progresses deeper into the sink hole of degradation, there seem to be no consequences for these actions as life seemingly goes on and law enforcement winks its proverbial eye at the vigilantism of the characters. Most viewers will deem Derailed to be a moral train wreck.
The Weinstein Company
Many (10) times moderate (b-stard 1, b-lls 2); strong (-ss 4, b-tch 2, SOB 1)
Many (57+) times moderate (p-ss 1); strong (f-word 45+, s-word 7, p-ssy 4)
Few (3) times strong (GD 1, J 2)
Many times mild (man is punched in the gut); moderate (man and woman held at gunpoint on several occasions, man shot in head with blood exploding all over witness, man assaulted by the grabbing of his genitals, struggle between four men and woman leads to the shooting of four people, man is stabbed with a shank); strong (woman brutally raped repeatedly)
Few times mild (passionate kissing between couple); moderate (man and woman grope, kiss and attempt to undress one another on a bed but are interrupted by an intruder; woman brutally raped repeatedly)
Once mild (back of a woman from the waist up shown while she was showering)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
Few times strong (rapist speaks graphically during the rape, he also harasses his victims over the phone on several occasions by describing the events and speaking in a sexual manner regarding the victims child and wife, prostitute propositions a man)
Few times mild (several scenes of drinking in a bar)
Man describes his religious upbringing as causing him to have all kinds of guilt, adultery shown as common among men who have discord in their marriages, woman has an abortion after being raped, law enforcement turns a blind eye to known crimes
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