Synopsis: A former British Army officer captured by the Japanese finds love, but has to exorcise the demons of his past and the events that took place while he was a prisoner of war all those years ago in World War II, in order for him to move on with his new life.
Main Cast: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada
The Hype: In the wake of the Oscars, The Railway Man got a little forgotten about and failed to live up to its budget. Of course, there is always the chance that it may get remembered for 2015’s Oscars, but I would guess that it is a little late in the day for that kind of thing to happen.
What I Thought: An excellent movie. Its theme of forgiveness is an evocative one and the cast do a grand job of bringing that to the fore. Nicole Kidman was a late replacement as Patti Lomax and I have to say that in retrospect she was probably a better choice that the original in Rachel Weisz. Based on the true story of Eric Lomax who wrote a book of his experiences as a prisoner of war, this film was an enjoyable but emotional watch and a lot of that emotion was portrayed onscreen by Jeremy Irvine who played the young Eric Lomax. You may remember him from the movie War Horse and he puts in a great performance here.
Conclusions: Evocative, emotional and worth a watch. Some great performances and an interesting storyline that jeeps you watching till the end.