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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The story finds a government female operative stealing a small package containing highly contagious viles of small pox.She gets into trouble and Van Damme is called to extract her successfully from the country she is in.He gets there and he just barely manages to get her out....by train.However there are other baddies also looking for the vials,and at the train's first stop they all climb aboard.To make the situation more awkward Van Damme's wife and two children surprise him,as she walks in on he and his "client".It is his birthday after all.The wife is now miffed, and with her nose firmly out of joint she and her children retire to another part of the train.
The baddies soon get their act in order and finally take over the train,looking for Van Damme's charge.With a lot of folks killed or being threatened she finally gives up.While being interrogated one of the vials are accidentally broken and soon a good portion of the train comes down with smallpox.
Van Damme never rests and is constantly on the move trying to either regain control of the train and/or fight/kill the bad guys.Slowly but surely the odds come around in Van Damme's favour and eventually he is able to regain control of the remaining vials and manages to save the lives of the trains remaining passengers before it falls into a wide chasm(a bridge was blown by NATO in order to stop it from reaching a large city).In quarantine Van Damme questions his boss,whom he believes set him up to also cash in on the deadly vials.Read more ›
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.
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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.
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
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. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by Lee Armstrong