Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Collin Firth, Nicole Kidman
The Railway Man is a war drama based on the memoir of Eric Lomax highlighting that the "tragedy of war" more apt as the "evils of war", had lifelong psychological effects on soldiers as a result of the horrifying maltreatment of POW's by the Japanese soldiers.
Eric Lomax (Collin Firth) was a prisoner of the Japanese Army in WWII working on the infamous Thai/Burma "Death Railway". When discovered with a handmade radio, he along with others were tortured and experienced unimaginable suffering, incredibly surviving his ordeal and keeping it a secret for many years.
In 1980 he met his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman), who would encourage him to face his demons by confronting his tormentor, a confrontation which would not only quell his nights of rages and nightmares, but also quash his promise of retribution.
Kidman is graceful as Patti the lady who believed that love could heal slowly through encouragement and confrontation. Firth is intense and extraordinary as the enigmatic Eric Lomax, a role which is doubtlessly the signature of his career.
The Railway Man re-examines a WWII historic event which is not widely known about. Unnerving and extremely terrifying to watch, the graphic torture scenes will have viewers turning away in disgust. Disturbingly powerful and poignant at times this is an important story about heroism and the unfathomable power of forgiveness which will leave audiences in controversy. JAKE