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Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.
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The Railway Man holds great possibility but wanders off track.
The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness.
The critical problems are an overbusy time-jumping script and reliance on the conventions of the trauma drama - flashbacks, fragmentation, distorted time and space - that prove more a barrier than a window into the character's inner lives.
Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.
Why does the movie leave one cold?
The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful.
Teplikzky has produced a rushed, soulless and utterly unconvincing BBC drama -- and a poor one at that.
The first two thirds of the film seem to be building towards a satisfying resolution, but it gets there only after taking an improbable twist, and that left a sour taste in my mouth.
The film's attempt at moral equivalence when Lomax seems destined to act a fitting revenge on his old captor feels not only a touch vindictive, but also incredibly didactic.
Eric Lomax chronicled his remarkable personal odyssey in a moving and confronting memoir, and this gripping film adaptation does not hold back on detailing the horrifying ordeal he endured.
The Railway Man gives us facts, but struggles to keep the audience's attention with its slow-going and emotionally distant script.
I don't know if there's a right way to show torture, but there are certainly lots of wrong ways, one being The Railway Man, possibly the dullest film about torture I've ever seen.
True story about a prisoner of war who later in life actually befriends the guy who tortured him during the war only lacks that which might've connected us with the focus of the piece, the main character, and thereby involved the audience with the narrative. It means well, but shirks its heavy responsibility throughout.
Got to admit, did not know what this was about when I rented it. Kind of thought it was a romance story. Oops.
Needless to say, wasn't too enthralled when the romance between Colin firth and Nicole Kidman suddenly turned into war flashbacks set 40 years prior.
Honesty, I was bored crapless for the majority and on the iPad not really paying attention. Bits of it got through. The water torture in particular was harrowing and the reconciliation at the end was surprisingly moving.
I would say this is actually a worthy and well made movie, just not one I would have chosen had I actually read the blurb properly!
Nicole Kidman's role is relatively small. She's really not a main character.
A very emotional, enjoyable movie with powerful performances from Kidman and Firth!
Languidly paced biography is handsomely mounted and well acted but this period melodrama is inert. Colin Firth exemplifies respectful reverence in his depiction of Eric Lomax as a soft genteel man haunted by the past. His posttraumatic stress disorder continues to weigh on him. That sets the stage for the climax. Lomax learns that that Takashi Nagase is now employed as a tour guide. Actor Hiroyuki Sanada is him as an adult. The Japanese soldier who oversaw his torture in 1942 now works at a museum on the very grounds of the prison camp where the two men first met. In an effort to reconcile his feelings, Lomax re-visits Burma several decades later. On paper the developments sound fascinating, but what is undoubtedly an important account is given a very conventional treatment. The film builds to this meeting as a highlight of sorts. Will he find peace or revenge? Colin Firth's portrait of restrained passivity is both admirable and frustrating. The biopic engages at irregular intervals but it's so carefully modulated that it feels like an artifact from a bygone era. The Railway Man is ultimately a positive tale and I suppose it gets some sympathy points for that.
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