Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Railway Man (2013)

IMDb plot summary: A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, and Jeremy Irvine.

(Minor spoilers.)

This film surprised me. What started as a fairly generic little romance became actually a very moving story about revenge and forgiveness. Colin Firth is tremendous in this, really selling the character's internal struggle. Nicole Kidman's character, however, is almost completely wasted in this movie, as the story centers itself around her only to abruptly drop her when Firth's character's story gets told. That being said, though, it's still a decent movie and I like where it ends. It just could have been a lot more with less awkward framing.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Railway Man > My Sassy Girl
The Railway Man < Argo
The Railway Man < A Matter of Life and Death
The Railway Man > Chaos Theory
The Railway Man > Selma
The Railway Man > An Affair to Remember
The Railway Man > L'atalante
The Railway Man > Robin Hood (1973)
The Railway Man < The Hudsucker Proxy
The Railway Man > Extraordinary Measures

Final spot: #933 out of 2472.

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