Review: The Railway Man

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The Railway Man has the greatest acting by a full cast that I have ever seen!

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The Railway Man stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvin and Stellen Skarsgard and was released in cinemas in Decemeber 2013.  It has recently become avaliable on Netflix in the UK and was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in August.

The film is based on the autobiographical book by Eric Lomax of the same name and tells the story of his life both during and after the Second World War.

Eric Lomac (played by Colin Firth) finds love and companionship many years after the way by a stunning Nicole Kidman.  As they spend more time together she becomes aware that he is haunted by memories of his past in World War 2.

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During the War Eric worked in communications during the war and was captured by the Japanese following a tactical Allied surrender.  His fellow soldiers and him are held captive and he is relentlessly tortured by his captors.

The film is perfectly paced, sliding gracefully between Eric in later life and as a young man (played by Jeremy Irvin).  Both parts are played with incredible skill and create a very fully fleshed out view of Eric’s horrific life, both before and after the War.

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Nicole Kidman begins to meet with Eric’s close friend and fellow prisoner of War Finlay, played by Stellan Skarsgard.  Through these meetings she making some heartbreaking discoveries about the life her husband has led and seeks to make things better for him despite Eric’s demands to never discuss his past.

The film moves along at a beautiful pace.  We have ample time in both time periods to appreciate and attempt to understand just where Eric is coming from when a dramatic opportunity is placed in front of him.

His dear friend Finlay becomes aware that the Eric’s tormentor from the POW camp is alive and well and running tours at the camp where they had both been held captive.

Eric decides to pay him a visit!

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The story, scenery, plot and acting is absolutely stunning throughout.  There are so many difficult roles to play, particularly as many parts are played by two actors to fill the roles both during and after the War.

It is without doubt a film that everyone should see.

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5 thoughts on “Review: The Railway Man

  1. DIane

    I would like to see this film. I studied the book at A-level & it’s amazing but also very moving. I know people who say the film doesn’t do the film justice, but I’d like to see it for myself. The book left a lasting impression – I remember it so well even though I haven’t read it for over 10 years, ‘Lomax you will die’. I might have to read it again now.

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      • DIane

        I read it over 10 years ago, but definitely left a lasting impression. It’s cleverly written…his style if language purposely reflects his situation. I can still remember things like him volunteering for latrine duty, learn

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      • DIane

        I read it over 10 years ago, but definitely left a lasting impression. It’s cleverly written…his style of language purposely reflects his situation. I can still remember things like him volunteering for latrine duty, learning to slow his heart rate, throwing himself down the stairs. I can’t remember the last book I read that long ago that I can still quote from. A few of my old school friends also class it as a favourite book – strange really when it’s so harrowing. I still have my copy of the book with all my A-level notes in!

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