Friday, December 27, 2013

The Railway Man

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellen Skarsgard,Tanroh Ishida, Hiroyuki Sanada

An adaptation of the bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax. Lomax (Colin Firth) as a young officer he was captured and tortured by the Japanese and forced to work on the Burma-Bangkok railway. Many years later still suffering post-traumatic stress disorder he occupies his time singularly as a train enthusiast travelling the county in search of train memorabilia. He meets and falls in love with Patti (Nicole Kiddman) but despite brief happiness his demons soon return. Desperate to help Patti seeks advice from his best friend Finlay the “Uncle’ (Stellen Skarsgard). Reluctantly he tells her what he knows of the ordeal Lomax endured at the hands of the sadistic Takashi Nagase (Tanroh Ishida, as the younger man, and Hiroyuki Sanada as the older character). After Lomax learns that his Japanese tormentor is still alive and working as a tour guide at the site of the memorial to the notorious Burma ‘Death’ Railway; he returns to Thailand to seek final closure. The movie employs lengthy flashback sequences to detail what happened to young Eric (Jeremy Irvine) during the war. Amor Vincit Omnia. Good performances throughout , excellent cinematography, but rather slow in delivery. Take your box of hankies and be prepared for some violent scenes.

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