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In many respects an excellent film. The problem is that I have read ...
on 12 August 2016
In many respects an excellent film. The problem is that I have read the book. In the book it was an Argyle who went forward to admit to stealing a shovel that hadn't been stolen by anybody, and was beaten to death for it, and not, as in the film, an American who ended up in a wheelchair. In fact I don't recall the book having any American in it. There were some Americans in South East Asia and some did end up working on the Burma railway, only the one in the film is a work of fiction. Robert Carlyle's character in the film appeared to me to 100% fiction as well, including the failed stealing of firearms and breakout, which reminded me more of an incident that happened in Europe, not the Far East. In addition, whilst there would appear to have been an incident of Crucifixion somewhere in South East Asia, it wasn't at any camp the author of the book was at, and I am not aware that anybody ever volunteered for it to happen to them. I saw the film before I read the book, but as I watched the film there were bits that seemed "contrived", to say the least. Sadly, I was entirely right. Four stars, tops.