14A, 108 minutes - English
Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård
Wrenching, profound and beautifully made, The Railway Man is one of the stunning don’t-miss surprises of the still-young 2014, teaming two of the screen’s most popular stars, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, in a heartbreaking footnote to World War II that is certain to touch and humble all but the hardest and most jaded of hearts. A remarkable film in every way, it relates the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured by the Japanese in the fall of Singapore in 1942 and treated as slave labor in the construction of the notorious “death railway” from Thailand to Burma, who somehow miraculously survived to confront his torturer 40 years later. It’s an inspiring and unforgettable story about cruelty, endurance, courage and making peace with the past.
Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky has adapted the traumatic events related in Mr. Lomax’s best-selling memoir and ushered them onto the screen with enough power and credibility to reduce viewers to tears and then bring them to a cheering standing ovation at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
New York Observer - Rex Reed