Ride of strangers on this train not a thrill

Review D+

November 11, 2005|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Derailed lands an audience in the puritanical pits. It punishes impure thoughts so ruthlessly that it might have been made by Dana Carvey's Church Lady. It flails the actors as mercilessly as it does the audience.

Was the Swedish director, Mikael Hafstrom, taking revenge on the American star system? A token Chicago streetwalker played by Georgina Chapman looks far more lush and vibrant than Jennifer Aniston as an adulteress. Naughtiness can put a twinkle in an actor's eyes, but here it just tenses Aniston up and dulls her out. Maybe she was feeling in a punitive mood. She makes the Other Woman come off as more high-maintenance than the Wronged Woman.

Derailed (The Weinstein Co. and Miramax) Starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. Rated R. Time 110 minutes.

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