The Railway Man 2014

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Based on Eric Lomax's best-selling memoir, The Railway Man is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.

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1 hour 56 minutes

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The Railway Man

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Genres Drama
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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133 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 26 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
As the daughter of a Far East POW I was wondering how close to the 'real thing' this film was going to be. Dad had told me a little of what happened so I knew it wasn't going to be easy viewing. I would absolutely recommend this film to anyone who wishes to find out more about that time - there is so little compared to other WW2 experiences. It also shows the amazing ability to be able to forgive and so move on. It has made me want to visit the area myself which isn't something I could have coped with before.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2014
Format: DVD
This is an excellent film in all aspects.

At its core it is the story of forgiveness.

Based on the true life story of Eric Lomax who was captured by the Japanese, forced to work on the impossible to build Burma Railway and tortured severely.

The movie is told in Flashbacks with Eric being played by Colin Firth as the older Lomaz whilst Jeremy Irvine puts in a stellar performance as the younger.

I was pleased Irvine looked like he was from the 1930s. If this were Holywoodized the actor would have looked ripped, tanned and from the 2000 and 10s.
I do think Colin Firth, although a great actor should have been made up to look less young and prettified- but this is a minor quibble.

Nicole Kidman is wonderful in her support.
She too does not look like a blonde bombshell but in this performance she demonstrates what a good actress she is- a pleasant surprise.

The torture scenes and beatings are brutal.
But then they were in real life.
The savage beatings with a pick axe handle the crunch of the broken bones and body hit hard- but then they should to convey the horror of just how the Japanese treated their prisoners who they considered to have 'No Honour' because they surrendered.
the film could have been longer - easily but it does not waste a second in its narration of the film.

I wanted to see the picture for two reasons.
Firstly I am of that generation were all our dads fought in the Second World War- the Granddads had fought in the First World War. Both my father and Uncles never talked about it. They would never give much information away about the war.

My Uncle was captured by the Japanese and forced to slave in a salt mine- it ruined his eyes.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Based on the 1995 memoir of Eric Lomax, the Royal Signals Officer who was tortured by the Japanese when deployed on the construction of the infamous Burma railway, this film uses flashbacks to show the reasons for his emotional repression with violent outbursts of post traumatic stress decades after the event. Colin Firth, a master in this kind of role, plays the older Lomax, with Jeremy Irvine putting in a strong performance as his younger self, earnest, floppy-haired and prepared with quiet bravery to take the rap for the assembly of an illicit radio receiver. Nicole Kidman assumes a convincing English accent to play the sympathetic new wife who is determined to extract Lomax from his mental agony. When Lomax discovers in the 1980s that Takashi Nagase, the young interpreter who played a key part in his torture, is still alive, working, of all things, as a guide at the Kanchanaburi War Museum (close to the famous bridge on the river Kwai) he is initially bent on revenge as a means of exorcising his demons.

I was disappointed by the first half: dialogues often seem stilted as in the "Brief Encounter" style meeting on a train between Lomax and his future wife Patti. Lomax looks much younger than the fellow officers with whom he has kept in contact, and he could have done with a few more scars and grey hairs. The sets "back home" have more of a 1950s feel than the 1980s as I remember them. Worst of all, the earlier scenes in the jungle are often confusing or hammy, apart from the final harrowing torture in the dreaded hut. Overall, the script and direction often appear wooden until the final resolution.

The film was saved for me by the second part of the film which is unpredictable, moving and well-developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
Format: DVD
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is not "a train buff" but a "railway enthusiast." While riding the trains he meets the 17 year younger Canadian nurse Patti (Nicole KIdman) which appears to be a love at first sight and hasten marriage. Patti discover Eric has severe PTSD from the time he spent as a POW under the Japanese. He is mentally still fighting the war which has left an "army of ghosts."

Much of the film is consumed by Patti attempting to figure out Eric's problem, having to rely on a friend. Discovering that his tormenter is still alive, Patti must decide if Eric should know, not knowing what he might do.

The film was well done, It is based on a true story.and a book by the same title. The film left out some aspects of Eric's life, like the wife he left for Patti.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lewisham Guy on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD
Okay, this film sometimes departs from the book by Eric Lomax but it's still a masterpiece in its own right and one well worth seeing. Lomax suffered horribly, along with a great many
Allied and Asian prisoners who were forced to work on Japan's infamous 'Burma Railroad' in World War II. His tormentor was an intelligence officer and interpreter in the Imperial Army, although the actual torture meted out to Lomax was ordered by the members of the Kenpeitai or Japanese Military Police. The interpreter merely spoke for those men, probably fearing that if he not intimidate Lomax as the Kenpeitai wanted, in their desire to know the whereabouts of a radio hidden among the prisoners, he, too, would feel the crack of the whip. Lomax himself did not crack, despite unimaginable pain, and lived o see the war end with Japan's surrender and for many many years after that. But his postwar life was constantly plagued by nightmares of what he had endured long ago and it was not until he was able to return to the scene and meet the interpreter, ironically employed as a tour guide of the prison camp, that he achieved a sense of peace. This was possible not only because of his own strong humanity but also because the interpreter, struggling with demons over what he had done, was open to and indeed
keen to reach, reconciliation with Lomax. There are other instances of similar reconciliation involving Japanese and Western veterans of the Burma Road, Iwo Jima and other such hells from the War, but the story of Eric Lomax is especially moving. Colin Firth does well as the older Lomax; Nicole Kidman, likewise, as his wife. The are some problems with the scene depicting
the prisoners slaving away on the railway under the close supervision of Japanese guards. But that kind of scene would be almost impossible to create in any case. What counts in a film like this is the underlying message: that hatred born of war and suffering can be overcome if there is a will to forgive, if not forget.
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