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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.
Other reviewers here have stated well the story of this film, the journey of Eric Lomax to reconcile the horrors he endured as a POW in WWII after the fall of Singapore. He is ably aided by his devoted wife, Patti, who is played quite well by a sympathetic Nicole Kidman.
Director Teplitzky moves back and forth in time, with 4 actors playing younger and older versions of themselves. In the case of Irvine and Firth, it is seamless.
Everyone in this does superb work, but it is Eric's film -- the younger and older man represented by these two very fine actors. Firth's ability to embody nuance and deep feelings, mirrored only in his face and eyes, is on fine display here. Plus it is a physically demanding role in places as well, for him and certainly for Jeremy Irvine.
I highly recommend watching something that has a little heft as well as heart and soul to it.
The US Blu-Ray Disk is fine, with somewhat less-than-stellar extras. I felt a bit cheated there.
Note: The US version of this film is different from the UK/AUS version. Shorter, with some different scenes.
I was hoping to see deleted scenes in the extras to reconcile the two versions. Nope.
It all comes together.....don't read long reviews here, as they have spoilers. People aren't professional critics here, and they reveal too much plot and ending. This is quality stuff, and you will be strongly affected by the ending. I would say, though, that the titles did not have to tell you the film is based on a true story. They could have saved it for end.
And one more thing...we've done some of the same things to people.
As Eisenhower said, Beware the military industrial complex. The..."acquisition of unwarranted influence." The "danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."
Makes me wonder sometime, just how information is biased by the military before it reaches the president. Why, for instance, did ISIS make it so far, and accumulate so much power and wealth, when it isn't even a country. It had no infrastructure or technology, or banks...but now it controls vast areas, and has taken out banks and accumulated vast wealth. Sounds like something most countries like to do. So, how, or why were they able to do this...with our technology, how did ISIS make all these moves without our knowledge? It starts to seem like our military did know about this...and waited till it forced us to return...an extortion method. It makes me wonder how the military fed information to Johnson during Vietnam. What are they telling Obama that keeps him from closing Guantanamo? Why aren't I married to Ann Margaret? Who took the last of my Mint Milanos?