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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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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Deariled(released May/02)stars,among others,Jean-Claude Van Damme,Tomas Arana,Laura Harring, and Dennis Cakar. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert Badgley
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 morePublished on May 2 2004 by J. Caceres
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 morePublished on April 14 2004 by Carlos Haran
This has got to be the worst movie I've ever seen.
If you find this DVD on the street, just keep walking.
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Mr N Forbes-warren
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Chase
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 morePublished on Dec 12 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Michael Bolts
this movie was boring, worthless, ...., bad, waste of money, waste of time and too alike under siege 2. Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by Jandor