Thriller

PUBLISHED: 11:15 07 February 2006 | UPDATED: 08:58 24 May 2010

FANS of Jennifer Aniston are in for a double treat as she takes the starring role in two very different films released at the Odeon, Weston, today (Fri). Better known for her roles in comedy flicks, Jennifer Aniston takes on a far grittier role in the thr

FANS of Jennifer Aniston are in for a double treat as she takes the starring role in two very different films released at the Odeon, Weston, today (Fri).Better known for her roles in comedy flicks, Jennifer Aniston takes on a far grittier role in the thriller Derailed (15).Advertising executive Charles Schine (Clive Owen) is just another Chicago commuter who regularly catches the 8:43am train to work. But one day he misses his train and meets Lucinda Harris (Aniston), and his life is changed forever. Lucinda is charming, beautiful and seductive. Despite the fact that each are married with children, their attraction to one another is magnetic. Lunch dates quickly become cocktails after work, and before long, Charles and Lucinda's infatuation leads them to a hotel room. Their seemingly perfect affair goes terribly awry though when LaRoche (Vincent Cassel), a brutal stranger, breaks into their room and holds them at gunpoint. This once illicit liaison turns into a nightmare more dangerous and violent than either could have ever imagined.Charles' life soon becomes filled with deception, blackmail, violence and crime. Unable to confide in his wife or speak to the police, Charles finds himself trapped in a world he doesn't recognise, with no trace of the life he once knew.Exploring the repercussions of making one terrible mistake that can change someone's life entirely, Derailed promises to provide some real edge-of-the-seat moments.n If you fancy seeing Jennifer in one of her more accustomed roles, you may fancy taking a look at Rumour Has It (12A).Director Rob Reiner has put together a great cast for this light-hearted comedy, with Kevin Costner in fine form as an internet millionaire and Shirley MacLaine proving she has still got screen presence by the bucket load.Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, a woman whose life is in a tailspin. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff (Ruffalo), but isn't at all sure that marriage is what she really wants. And it's not only her own love life that is in turmoil - her professional life isn't much better. An aspiring journalist, Sarah's career has stalled at the New York Times obituary column. To top it all off, she is on her way home to attend her sister's wedding, which means spending a lot of time with her family. But Sarah, a bit of a black sheep, has never quite felt part of things when it comes to her relatives. And her life really takes a dramatic turn when she meets Beau Burroughs (Costner). Their encounter unexpectedly unlocks some well-kept secrets that may help Sarah uncover the truth about her family and finally discover who she truly is.n The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon, Weston, to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see any film of their choice, subject to availability.To enter, please answer the following question:Which actress stars in both films?Send your answers on a postcard along with your name, address and, if possible, a daytime telephone number, to: Odeon Competition, Weston & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 10am on February 9.Usual Archant Regional Ltd rules apply and the editor's decision is final.

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