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Derailed [Import]

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Tomas Arana , Bob Misiorowski    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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The ever-limber Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the entertainingly over-the-top action flick Derailed. The plot has to do with a deadly virus on a runaway train, but that's hardly the point--what makes the movie fly along is the ridiculous yet entirely enjoyable escalation of plot devices: not only is Van Damme on the train to protect a beautiful high-tech thief (Laura Elena Harring, Mulholland Drive), not only is the train hijacked by terrorists, not only is the virus actually released into the train's ventilation system, not only is the engine on fire, but Van Damme's family came on board to surprise him on his birthday and are now being used as pawns by the terrorists. Derailed is also loaded with spectacle: car chases, shootouts, explosions, a train collision, hand-to-hand combat, and Van Damme riding a motorcycle on top of the train--you really couldn't ask for more. Sheer trashy fun. --Bret Fetzer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I used to be a big Van Damme fan. Timecop, Hard Target and Lionheart are still among my favorite action movies. However, recent Van Damme's movies are rather weak. It is my personal opinion that without a interesting original script and quality professional actors portraying the "bad guys" Van Damme's movies aren't' worth the time nor money.
Brief comments about this movie - very lame story, much weaker than Segal's Under Siege 2 Dark Territory. Some sickening pictures portraying Small Pox outbreak. Supporting cast, excluding Tomas Arana, Laura Harring, range from weak to complete amateurs. Also, special effects are very weak.
On the positive, if you love Van Damme, you will see him doing his usual stuff in the movie. Also, his son makes a theatrical debut with some nice martial art moves.
Overall, I would rather watch again one of my favorite Van Damme movies than this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth watching Oct. 16 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Van Damme has had some great action flicks in his time and i'm sad to say that his movies seem to be getting worse and worse as the years go on. Yet i still put faith in the man to turn out another great movie.
Derailed is about 1hr and 20 mins of Van Damme kicks and explosions. Although this movie wasn't as good as i hoped it's still worth checking out. The idea behind the movie is great for a Van Damme action vehicle yet it needed some more fight scenes and better special effects. The special effects were so bad i actually started laughing, and i'm not kidding. That was part of the fun of the movie though. If you're a Van Damme fan i think you'll enjoy this movie, and if your not still check it out, it's still entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible but a great laugh! Feb. 8 2004
Format:DVD
Van Damme is back and his movies are getting worse . . . sure he has made some great ones like SUDDEN DEATH and KICKBOXER, but this one, from the people that brought you CROCODILE and SHARK ATTACK(and its sequels!) is so bad it's hilarious. Van Damme plays a government agent(AGAIN?!) who has to escort a prisoner across Europe by train, but in the process terrorists steal and unleash a bioweapon on board which she is transporting. And to add to the complications, Van Damme has his family, or the usual oh-the-humanity interest on board. The authorities, fearing a Europe-wide plague from the dealy smallpox bioweapon, attempt to destroy the train. Sound familiar? A rip-off of the far superior CASSANDRA CROSSING with hints of the equally superior UNDER SIEGE 2 thrown in. However, the enjoyment comes from the incredibly bad special effects that you will see. Check out the toy helicopter chasing a train set through papier-mache mountains! Exploding cars on the autoracks that blow up as soon as a bullet hits them, lack of route knowledege through Austria by the producers(all main lines in Austria have overhead wires and do not operate Bulgarian diesel locos), two toy train wrecks set alight by a kid with a match or so it looks and horrendously bad acting and dialogue that makes bad movies like BEYOND THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and SHARK ATTACK 3 look brilliant. So at least it's funny. Recomended if you love dreck and want something to compliment that bad movie cheese-fest you are putting on!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Van Damme Movie EVER! Nov. 27 2003
By Hani
Format:DVD
I was looking forward to seeing this movie, my friend told me he saw a new Van Damme flick in the video store titled 'Derailed'. I am a Van Damme Fan, but after getting this film on DVD it hit me like a book it was horrible! It was pathetic....it SUCKED! I own Under Seige 2 and I liked it, there is NO COMPARISON. What hurt the most is how happy I was when I got the DVD, and how much I was looking foward to seeing it before and after I got it.
Derailed is the worst Van Damme movie AND the worst MOVIE I have ever seen and yes I am also a Van Damme fan.
Jean really stuffed up BIG TIME with this flick.
On another note, Van Damme's son starred in this movie aswell, he is a good lookin' kid, has his fathers good looks and skills.
Jean should be ashamed of himself! Putting his son in a terrible first flick like this.
0 star film:-
EXTREMELY OVER-RATED BY THE LOOK OF THE DVD/VIDEO COVER.
DONT BE FOOLED.
In conclusion, dont even pick up or look at the packet if you see it in a store.
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Unlike other reviewers, I went to see this film to watch the actress Laura Elena Harring, the brunette beauty in David Lynch's cult film "Mulholand Drive." Like Naomi Watte, she had to endure the long period of thankless roles -- films like ... er ..."Lambada" or ... "Little Nicky"(!). And now Academy-Award nominee Naomi Watts hit the paydirt with "The Ring." So what about her in "Derailed"?
Bad news. She is terribly wasted. She appears as a female thief internationally chased by the police. And the secret agent Jack sent by NATO Jean-Claude Van Damme arrests her in Slovakia and send her to Germany on night train. Don't ask me why night train. I just forgot why they didn't use airplane, but never mind. And for some reasons I still cannot comprehend, Jack's entire family members show up before embarrassed Jack on the platform, including his daughter (Jessica Bowman, "Joy Ride") and his son, who is Jean-Claude's real-life son under his real family name. Huuuum.
And the actions mainly happen on this train, where some deadly virus is spread. Before you can say "Under Siege 2" or "Cassandra Cross," the film rushes into a series of very cheesy, trashy action sequences, which are painful to see. The settings are too incredible (bikes on the train roof?), the special effects are little better than B monster flicks made in the 50s, and acting and dialogues are simply awful. As to the last part I could have forgiven and forgotten, if only the film gives decent action scenes or some original ideas. No such luck here.
And about Laura Elena Harring, all I can say is this. She is as beautiful as ever, even among the mediocre dialogues and the poorly shot screen, and I really feel sorry for her.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
The movie to me was very horrible,first of all the sound effects in this movie were very cheap. The movie wasnt one of his best. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by J. Caceres
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, low budget movie that could've been bad.
I don't understand why people say this movie is bad it's really pretty well done. Van Damme jumping from one train to the other on a dirt bike put a good touch on to the movie. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Carlos Haran
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVER.
This has got to be the worst movie I've ever seen.
If you find this DVD on the street, just keep walking.
Published on April 8 2004 by Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie was kinda like Under Siege 2
When i heard Van Damne had a new movie and it was playing on T.V i was excited.Im a huge fan of Van Damne,im just gonna say,this movie was pretty good,but not wanna Van Damnes... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Chase
1.0 out of 5 stars low budget action flick
This is Van Dammes wort effort yet. It can all be summed up in one scene. Two trains are headed for each other and they crash, anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can easily see they are... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars havent we seen this formula before
Van Damme is damned again as a man flying high on a motorcycle on top of a train which has a virus set off, his family is on board and there are terriosts on board as... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Michael Bolts
1.0 out of 5 stars bad bad bad
this movie was boring, worthless, ...., bad, waste of money, waste of time and too alike under siege 2. Read more
Published on March 12 2003 by Jandor
4.0 out of 5 stars On Track!
I enjoyed Van Damme's "Derailed." The production values and the dark way the frames are shot makes it come across as a "B" flick, but it keeps our attention as we roll through... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining film.
Its been a long time since Van Damme has produced a decent film worthy of watching. For a long time he lulled us to sleep on some really cheasy films. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Blurb
1.0 out of 5 stars VAN DAMME'S WORST B MOVIE
Derailed is something like a bad TV action soap opera...THis movie is a shame.
Published on Nov. 28 2002
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