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Railway Man [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
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Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård star in this war drama adapted from Eric Lomax's memoirs about his experiences in a POW camp. While serving in the Second World War, British Army officer Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) is captured and held prisoner by the Japanese. He is brutally tortured and forced, along with his fellow captives, to build the Thai-Burma Railway. Many years later an older Lomax (Firth) is still traumatised by the experience. Supported by his wife Patti (Kidman) and friend Finlay (Skarsgård), he decides to track down one of his torturers, Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada), hoping to find the answers that will enable him to finally let go of the hatred he has held for so long.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the first 10 minutes of this film I was telling myself that I wasn't going to like it BUT I had to stay with it to do the film justice and I am so pleased I did. Read morePublished 6 days ago by P. WILLIAMS
Great film based on a radio operator in WW2, in a Japanese POW camp. It goes through the bad treatment and his feelings for his captors during and after the war. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Keith Goldsmith
Not a totally accurate recounting of the suffering endured by all those captured in the fall of Singapore. Read morePublished 28 days ago by B. H. J. Hatcher
Adapted from Eric Lomax’s 1995 book, this film tells the story of one man’s horrifying experience at the hands of the Japanese military. Read morePublished 1 month ago by still searching
Another film everyone should watch at least once, along with "Schindler's List" and "The Lives of Others".Published 1 month ago by Alan, Scotland