The Railway Man

2013

Action / Biography / Drama / Romance / War

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 32791

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Cast

Nicole Kidman as Patti
Colin Firth as Eric
Jeremy Irvine as Young Eric
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by pete36 5 / 10

Flawed and overrated

Based on a true story it's about Lomax (Colin Firth) , a former engineer burdened by some very traumatic experiences during WWII as a prisoner of war on the Burma railroad. More then 30 years later on a train he meets this nice woman (an almost unrecognisable Nicole Kidman), they fall in love and marry. But Lomax still has to deal with his troubled past. Then he finds out that one of his torturers is a tour guide at the former prison camp.

Quite a few posters are very impressed with this film but I think it is rather overrated. Colin Firth is as always Colin Firth, Kidman is OK but nothing more. The real star is Jeremy Piven as the young Lomax who has to endure some really intense torturing (this is definitely not a kid's movie) which will leave you baffled. Rest of the cast is rather standard.

Most trouble I have with the pacing of this movie : it jumps from now to the past at some really strange moments. Also those scenes of torturing are a bit too 'stretched out' for my taste. Some key moments of the movie are also completely messed up : then the older Lomax is in the UK, next he is at the gate of this former prison camp in Burma. Also when the Aussies jump in by parachute to liberate the camp and get a hold of the Japanese secret police and torturers, is treated way too short : there's hardly a fight, we can barely make out what happens to Lomax at this point, and at least we should have seen those Japanese torturers hanged.

The rest of the movie is rather predictable as everybody now much older ofcourse and so sorry for what happened in the past.

Again Hollywood (or whoever produced this) ruins another a potentially great war drama with a lousy PC script, lame direction and so and so acting.

Reviewed by Reinier De Vlaam 9 / 10

how to deal with trauma's

The railway man was the only solution that television offered that evening next to stupid game shows or standard, boring action movies. The description was not very hope giving (to confront his former enemy from a japanese war camp) and we feared some horror-torture scenes. We were blown away, I admit it...it's an intense movie that shows how extreme traumas can impact a human being. The torture scenes were limited to the amount needed to show the horrors that people can do to each other, the focus was constantly more on the mental problems and questions on how to handle life with these traumas and to confront them. It shows how horrible people can to each other but also how beautiful. And that war does not end in the minds of people when the fighting stops.

highly recommended

Reviewed by dromasca 8 / 10

the right to forgive

Can the unforgivable be forgiven? What is the right attitude towards perpetrators and collaborators of crimes of war, genocide and torture? Does time really heal? Is revenge the right answer? Is forgiveness possible and who has the right to forgive? Such questions are often asked in the war and especially Holocaust literature and cinema. Answers differ, as they do in real life and history. The Railway Man, the strong dramatic film inspired by the true characters and life stories of Eric Lomax and Takesi Nagase, asks and tries to provide an answer in the historical context of the killing prisoner camps of British prisoners in Japanese occupied Indochina during WWII.

For many of the survivors of genocides or atrocities the wars that inflicted their sufferance never end. This was for many decades the case of Eric Lomax (acted as a young man by Jeremy Irvine and by Colin Firth at his maturity). He surrounds himself with a wall of silence and has difficulties to adapt to life after the war. The late story of love in his life (the second marriage in his real biography) imposes on him the duty to come to terms - one way or another - with his past. He has a chance that his fellows (like officer Finlay acted by Stellan Skarsgård) would not have. This means meeting face to face his torturer and traveling back to the infamous Kwai river area where the allied prisoners who fell in the hands of the Japanese were held during the war. This type of prisoner - guardian (or torturer) encounter many years later can also be seen in various war and Holocaust books films. Eventually - and this also happened in real life in this case - reconciliation and forgiveness prevail over enmity and revenge, with the former enemies having the chance to look one into the eyes of the other. The balance between honor and dignity in time of war switches, as the guilt turns into remorse, and revenge into forgiveness.

The auto-biographical book written by Eric Lomax was turned by the script in a dramatic and romantic story which succeeds to be true to the essence while omitting some of the details of the story (for example Eric's first marriage). Colin Firth achieves one of the best performances in his career, with very good support from Stellan Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman. Director Jonathan Teplitzky does a fine efficient job in telling the story in a fluent manner, with discretion and avoiding useless effects. The flashbacks from the war times are very well filmed and the period rendered in a very credible manner. Conflicts between nations include a myriad of personal conflicts and stories of lives broken by wars. Peace and reconciliation between nations can become true and lasting only when most of the suffering is overcome. This film describes one possible story. We may agree or not with the path taken by the heroes, but we need to acknowledge and respect the dignified way it is being told and made public - including in this movie.

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