Also opening: Marriage derailed, career on track
By STEVE PERSALL
Published November 10, 2005
Jennifer Aniston would likely prefer a movie other than Derailed (R) to be her first screen appearance since divorcing Brad Pitt. There's the title to consider, since the gossip surrounding Pitt's cozying to his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie certainly disrupted Aniston's life. Then there's the adultery theme at the story's core. It's a before-the-fact coincidence, of course, but it must be uncomfortable.
Aniston plays Lucinda Harris, a married businesswoman flirting with a married commuter named Charles Schine (Clive Owen). Flirting becomes a one-night stand interrupted by a violent criminal (Vincent Cassel) who rapes Lucinda and blackmails the cheating couple with photographs of their tryst.
Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom makes his English-language debut after the 2003 drama Ondskan was nominated for a best foreign language film Academy Award. The script is adapted by Collateral scribe Stuart Beattie from a novel by James Siegel. Derailed was screened too late for Weekend. A review will be published Friday on Page 2B.
- STEVE PERSALL, Times film critic
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