Sunday, November 13, 2005

Derailed (**)

This is one of the dumber thrillers I've had to sit through this year. Sure, it's somewhat entertaining, and it actually manages a decent level of intensity near the end, but logic and intelligence are thrown by the wayside in the process. Jennifer Aniston does a fine job on the surface, but it's really hard to buy her as the femme fatale. Maybe it's all those years of Friends. I hate to hold that against her, but still. She's a bit out of her element here and it shows. Another problem is the character of Vincent Cassel, the blackmailer, rapist, and general "bad guy" of the movie. Cassel plays him to a level of hamminess not seen since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. He's not scary or intimidating in the slightest. And then there's the script. It's supposed to be clever, but the viewer can see every twist and turn a mile away. Skip it.


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