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Academy Award® Winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star in the remarkable autobiography of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.
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The beautifully-told story feels briefer than even the 108 minutes listed as its time.
Where the film "Unbroken" ends, this one picks up with Colin Firth as the lonely, aging Lomax. A mature, if younger, woman (Nicole Kidman) enters his life and Lomax decides that love is worth the risk. However, years of stuffing his PTSD can no longer be kept at bay and Lomax spins out of control. His new wife tries to save their marriage by encouraging him to open up and resolve his distress. An opportunity arises for him to return to Japan and possibly meet one of his former captors. Wanting to face down his inner demons, Lomax travels to Japan.
For Lomax, what ultimately transpires is redemption in its purest sense. Unlike Zamperini's failure with "the Bird," Lomax meets one-on-one with his former tormenter, Takashi Nagase, and after much turmoil, decides to take the high road. By this, Lomax grows in generosity of heart and lifts up his remorseful opponent too. Recognizing that both were victims, a bond is forged. There are no real winners in modern warfare, just survivors. In the face of great adversity, some of the most wounded people have gone on to become great souls, like Nelson Mandela. Although less celebrated, Eric Lomax came a long way too. As did Louis Zamperini. Having a faith that bore fruit in redemption had much to do with it. Fr. Dennis
As Patti desperately tries save their marriage, a colleague discovers a news clipping of their Japanese torturer, who is now offering guided tours of the prison camp and railway where they suffered so greatly. Events then prompt Lomax to travel to the scene of the terrible crimes that were committed by the Imperial Army to confront his tormentor. What follows is a testament to the human spirit and the ability to forgive and make peace with the past, despite the horrific suffering one has endured. Powerful scenes from the wartime past combined with wonderful performances all around, [though as one reviewer noted, Miss Kidman's cosmetic fillers are a distraction] make this an understated winner.
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