Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Critic Consensus: If it doesn't completely avoid thriller clichés, Before I Go to Sleep still offers a stylish, fast-paced, and well-acted diversion.
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Kidman and Firth are both excellent in their sadness and savagery, and Joffe builds tension far better than most of the horror movies available at your local Cineplex this Halloween weekend.
There's no edge, no pulp, no grit under its fingernails.
It's shallow, it's silly, it's pat. It's... forgettable.
Throbbing musical crescendos and flickery flashbacks abound but apart from some outlandish plot machinations, nothing here is good or bad enough to be memorable.
With luck, Kidman will erase this inept thriller from her memory as quickly as it leaves theaters.
Audience Reviews for Before I Go to Sleep
Okay thriller. I liked it more than the book. But there was something a bit lacking. Not as bad as some reviews imply though. Decent amount of suspense and good acting.
Very interesting concept that gives you the story. The movie itself is a little dull, even boring at times. The acting was good but without the consistency in presentation the film is lacking.
"Before I Go to Sleep" starts with Christine(Nicole Kidman) waking up in a bed naked with no idea of where she is, nor who she has woken up next to or pretty much the last fifteen years of her life. As Ben(Colin Firth) introduces himself to her as her husband, he points out that she has amnesia which resets her memory every night and was caused by an auto accident she was in. After Ben goes to work, Christine gets a call from Dr. Nasch(Mark Strong) who tells her that she has been seeing him for the past few weeks and to check the camera at the bottom of her closet for confirmation. Oh, and her amnesia is actually the result of being brutally attacked... More Hitchcock than Nolan, "Before I Go to Sleep" takes full advantage of its limited setting and point of view to effectively tell a creepy mystery that explores Chrstine's past through most of its length. The shame is that at some point the shoe must drop which in this case is a pair of size 12 loafers, confirming some of the uneasy suspicions I had been nursing up to that point. So, while the ensuing revelation and what follows do not entirely work, they do not entirely derail the story either, mostly because of the emotional payoff at the end and the way the movie was cast, especially Nicole Kidman.
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