The Railway Man 2013

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Colin Firth stars in The Railway Man, based on the best-selling memoir, this is the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunted past. A powerful tale of survival, love and redemption, THE RAILWAY MAN stars Academy Award-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, with Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård.

Starring:
Andy Paterson, Nicole Kidman
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The Railway Man

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Andy Paterson, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 5 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Andy Paterson, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 5 May 2014
Main languages English

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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148 of 152 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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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94 of 105 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a story! How simply told! Not a trace of mawkishness or self pity, despite his terrible experiences. My own father managed to escape from Singapore at the time of the surrender. He had an awful time too during that period in an open boat with a few others. A bunch of soldiers trying to navigate by the stars at night and hiding along the coast by day. Dad said it was a very difficult time but later on, when he heard about what had happened to those left behind, he felt that their hardship had been much worse than his. A marvellous account of adversity and the difficulties of living with the impact of it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Belgo Geordie" on 27 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
I can thoroughly recommend the book for those who were taken by the film as it adds a deeper dimension to the story that the film hints at but never quite nails. Colin Firth, as ever, does a commendable job as Eric Lomax (the older) and initially I thought the casting of Nicole Kidman was not a good choice until I read an interview with the person she was playing. It is a remarkable story of courage and the depth trauma plays in staining all it touches and the bravery required to bring it out into the open and share it with others. In his book, Eric Lomax appears painfully aware of the people who did not survive this experience, then or in the years that followed. The film acknowledges this but is unable to give you the emotional charge the writers words create. However, it is not a return to 'Bridge Over the River Kwai' and the memory of this period of history through the Stiff Upper British Lip approach to the bad eggs of history-for that I was grateful!
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