The Railway Man 2014 R CC

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Colin Firth stars as a former army officer who sets out on a mission of revenge to confront the man who tormented him while he was prisoner at a Japanese labor camp during World War II.

Starring:
Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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The Railway Man

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth
Supporting actors Stellan Skarsgård, Michael MacKenzie, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Daunton, Tanroh Ishida, Tom Stokes, Bryan Probets, Tom Hobbs, Sam Reid, Akos Armont, Kitamoto Takato, Keith Fleming, Ben Aldridge, Yutaka Izumihara, Louis Toshio Okada, Micheal Doonan, Shoota Tanahshi, Peter Tuinstra
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Both Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman did a great job.
Amazon Customer
A reminder of man's inhumanity to man during war, and the ability of one man to forgive another for all the suffering caused.
Laurence Cable
It is a hard movie to watch, but we all need to remember.
jayne

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2014
Format: DVD
"The Railway Man" is the dramatization of the memoir of British Army Lieutenant Eric Lomax, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in 1942, forced to work on the Burma-Thailand "death" railroad along with thousands of his fellow POWs, and made to endure privation and torture at the hands of his brutal Japanese captors. Colin Firth stars as the elder Lomax, whom we meet in middle age, beginning a new marriage and still suffering from acute PTSD. His wife (well-played by Nicole Kidman) is determined to end his suffering. She worms the story of his wartime experiences out of Lomax's former commanding officer Findley, played in the present by Skellan Skarsgard and in the past by Sam Reid. Lomax eventually undertakes a journey to Thailand to confront his past. The lives of the older and younger Lomax are played out in parallel, in a story that is so emotion-charged as to be very tough to watch.

The location shooting in Scotland, and in Thailand is extremely good, as is the recreation of the wartime death railway. A superb performance by Jeremy Irvine as the heroic younger Lomax is matched by the nuanced acting of Hiroyuki Sanada and Tanro Ishida as the older and younger versions of the Japanese Kempetai officer who tortured Lomax. The alignment of the music score and the story is so flawless as to make you forget it's presence. The pacing of the storyline is excellent, as the scenes shift back and forth from Scotland to the Far East and from past to present. The ending is something you have to see. This movie had only a short theater engagement in the United States, competing against the usual summer blockbusters. It is worth tracking down on DVD and is highly recommended.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 14, 2014
Format: DVD
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is not "a train buff" but a "railway enthusiast." While riding the trains he meets the 17 year younger Canadian nurse Patti (Nicole KIdman) which appears to be a love at first sight and hasten marriage. Patti discover Eric has severe PTSD from the time he spent as a POW under the Japanese. He is mentally still fighting the war which has left an "army of ghosts."

Much of the film is consumed by Patti attempting to figure out Eric's problem, having to rely on a friend. Discovering that his tormenter is still alive, Patti must decide if Eric should know, not knowing what he might do.

The film was well done, It is based on a true story.and a book by the same title. The film left out some aspects of Eric's life, like the wife he left for Patti.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By dhart on May 28, 2014
Format: DVD
Sorry, I don't know how those reviews for Whitechapel are listed under The Railway Man, but this is a review of the movie The Railway Man. It is a superb movie, well done and well acted. Colin Firth doesn't a fine job portraying a former British Army officer
who was tortured badly at the hands of the Japanese during WW II. The haunting dreams tear him apart inside and he has escaped inside himself with his hobby of trains. Not models, but all aspects and schedules of regular trains. He is on one of these when he meets Nicole Kidman and falls in love. They wed and it helps for awhile, but she sees the torture that goes through in his dreams and reaches out to his friend Stellan Skarsgard to find out what is happening to him. She finds out about his war troubles and the terrible things that he refuses to talk about. He keeps seeing the Japanese officer that he felt was responsible for his tortures. His friend has located the man and she encourages him to finally confront the main. This was based on a true story and a successful book. A very well done drama.
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Format: Blu-ray
"A lot of men went through something you can not even begin to imagine." Eric (Firth) is married to Patty (Kidman) whom he loves and is living a life he can't seem to grasp. When he was a young man in the military him and a group of soldiers were imprisoned as POWs in a Japanese Labor Camp during WWII and forced to work on the Thai/Burma railway. He has become obsessed with trains ever since and relives his torture over and over. When Patti finds out that his captor is still alive she has to choose to tell Eric or not. First I'll start with saying that this is a hard movie to watch. While it is a little slow moving in some spots it also has some pretty intense scenes of torture. Most of it happens off screen but there is enough shown to make you cringe. I was looking forward to seeing this because I have liked the movies like this in the past. Munich I think was the best "revenge confrontation" movie even though it technically wasn't about the war aspect. Debt was also very good but was a little slower and had more of a psychological aspect to it. This one continues the trend away from straight "I'll kill you" to let's talk first type. This movie is good and worth watching but it does drag in a few parts but the last half hour is great and is really the reason to watch. The entire time you hope Eric gets the revenge he wants but when the time comes you start to second guess what you want for him. The fact that this is a true story really makes this more powerful. Overall, a movie that is good and worth watching but be prepared to struggle for a little while, the last half hour is worth the wait though. I give this a B-.
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