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The Railway Man (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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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Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, THE RAILWAY MAN tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. (c) Weinstein

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Colin Firth
as Eric Lomax
Nicole Kidman
as Patti Lomax
Jeremy Irvine
as Eric Lomax (young)
Sam Reid
as Young Finlay
Tanroh Ishida
as Young Nagase
Tom Stokes
as Withins
Tom Hobbs
as Thorlby
Akos Armont
as Jackson
Bryan Probets
as Major York
Masa Yamaguchi
as Kempei Officer
Ewen Leslie
as Captain Thompson
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Critic Reviews for The Railway Man

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32)

The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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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.

April 25, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.

April 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Why does the movie leave one cold?

April 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful.

April 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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The truth of what happened to him is devastating; the truth of how he found forgiveness in his soul is astonishing.

April 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Railway Man

This was a good biography. The cast was great from leads to supporting. The end is especially heart warming.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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A very emotional, enjoyable movie with powerful performances from Kidman and Firth!

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