The Railway Man

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Railway Man
Based on an autobiography, this film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Accompanied by his best friend, Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase, from the prison camp, in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate.


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Feb 25, 2015
  • BlueHippo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very well done movie. It was a little confusing at first, and the flashbacks are not all in chronological order, but more dependent on what is triggering the memory - very realistic. Lomax is a much better person than I think I could be in these circumstances - really amazing. I will say, though, Nicole Kidman was terrible! I thought she was just "blah" as wife-maybe it was the writing, but it seemed like she was on something and just going through the motions of playing this part. In fact, they could have totally left out that part and I would not have missed it!

Feb 19, 2015
  • Mosquito700 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An incredible journey of human misery and degradation, hope, spirit and ultimately - forgiveness. Awesomely acted! I can't believe a movie of outstanding quality as this goes relatively unheralded, but garbage like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" gets the spotlight!

Feb 15, 2015
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie, good acting.

Feb 15, 2015
  • mjayh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great film about, largely, post traumatic stress disorder, its effect on relationships, and the struggle to overcome it. It is often very violent and extremely difficult to watch--on a par with Deer Hunter, another great but horrific movie.

Feb 11, 2015
  • KStramel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very powerful movie about forgiveness. It provides a haunting picture of torture during World War II. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman do excellent jobs at portraying people coping with and affected by PTSD.

Feb 07, 2015
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The horror of war and torture depicted in the film were no longer shocking relative to most old and current newsreels. However, it is an interesting original untold story about a WWII POW and his struggle to overcome PTSD with help from his new bride. The bonus short film, hosted by Journalist Lisa Ling (formerly of "The View"), provided behind the scene commentary and introduced the author and his wife.

Feb 06, 2015
  • peasworth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What is it about Colin Firth? This guy is just too believable in every role. Watch this and King's Speech.
Warning: scenes of torture.

Feb 05, 2015
  • JMGP rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gripping and surprising story. Intense and dramatic throughout. Wonderfully Providencial ending.

Feb 03, 2015
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The power of forgiveness after unimaginable circumstances beautifully told.
The truth set them free.

Jan 17, 2015
  • Cassini_s_Home rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Poignant. I appreciated that the filmmakers did not spend more time than necessary on torture scenes. Certainly worth watching as it tells a true story of healing and forgiveness. Well done.

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Feb 07, 2015
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Opening verse:

At the beginning of time
the clock struck one.
A drop of dew and
the clock struck two.
From the dew grew a tree
and the clock struck three.
Then the tree made a door
and the clock struck four.
Then man came alive
and the clock struck five.
Count not
waste not
the hours on the clock.
Behold I stand
at the door and knock.


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