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REVIEW: The Railway Man

Based on a bestselling memoir, Colin Firth  stars as real-life British Army officer Eric Lomax who survives unspeakable torture in a Japanese work camp to discover late life love (with Nicole Kidman’s character) and  ultimate reconciliation and healing with one of  the men  responsible for his hell on earth.

Firth is understated in an absolutely Oscar-worthy performance . Kidman is quiet as the weepy, shutout  wife in these times before we ever heard the word post traumatic stress disorder.  Most astonishing is the performance by  24 year old Jeremy Irvine as the younger Lomax. Irvine’s last big movie was the World War 1-based “War Horse”.

This is one that should  not be forgotten or ignored come Oscar-time!!!

 

3-and-a-half stars

 

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