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A married Manhattan ad man, Charles Schine, falls in lust with a sexy younger woman he meets on his commuter train, but when they meet in a hotel it goes terribly wrong. An armed man bursts in, beats Charles, rapes his date and then blackmails Charles for a staggering amount of money. Charles tries to fight the blackmail by hiring muscle, a disastrous move that gets him into potentially dire legal trouble, as does his agreeing to participate in a company scam in a desperate bid to make back some of the blackmail money.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yet another in the seemingly endless line of stupid, generic thrillers that Hollywood foists upon the movie-going public."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[Derailed has] a ludicrous script whose twists and turns are laughably obvious or just plain laughable."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A poor schmuck's History of Violence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The only thing harder to believe than someone falling for so obvious a ruse is for that same someone to have any chance of getting even for it."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Típico asunto de receta (con mensaje moral solapado) que pretende sorprender con supuestas "vueltas de tuerca" pero apenas logra entretener."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Someone had to work extra hard to make a movie this bad with two likeable leads like Mr. Owen and Ms. Aniston. I can't figure out why."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"As long as Clive Owen is on his own, solving problems and planning revenge, Derailed is a reasonably gripping thriller."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Talent is involved everywhere in Derailed, and it all gets trashed in the final reel for the sake of teasing and then appeasing a bored November audience."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"What finally derails the movie is that it thinks it's a lot smarter than it is."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"Em retrospecto, os vários furos do roteiro se tornam óbvios, e o fato é que Aniston não convence como femme fatale. Mas Owen e Cassel nos mantém atentos e relativamente crédulos durante a projeção."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It has a great look, a couple of genuinely terrifying turns and a surprise or two that I didn't see coming. This is a flawed but stylish and entertaining thriller."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"They Never Saw It Coming, teases the poster for Derailed, and you have to wonder if blindness is now a prerequisite for Hollywood characters."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"One of those forgettable efforts that's neither bad enough to completely dismiss nor good enough to wholly recommend."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Derailed's primary strength -- a topsy turvy plot that will keep viewers guessing -- is also its main weakness. While the story developments are exciting and often surprising, most are based on [Clive Owen's character] making the stupidest possible"
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Vincent Cassel has a huge amount of fun as LaRoche, overacting the Evil Frenchman bit to the point where he's practically twirling a moustache."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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