Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
  • Time: 92 min
  • Genre: Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Rowan Joffe
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth


A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.


  • A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. Finding it hard to trust anyone and danger nearing ever so closely, she attempts to piece together who attacked her and why, with help from her husband and doctor.

    Before I Got To Sleep begins two weeks ahead of itself, Christine, played by Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man) wakes up with no memory of the days gone or who the man in bed next to her is, she walks into the bathroom where we are introduced to the wall of photos. It’s a very well presented story and right away we are wary of anyone around Christine, just like her we don’t know anything either. When we are introduced to the other two main characters, Ben, played by Colin Firth (The Railway Man) and Dr. Nash, played by Mark Strong (Welcome to the Punch), neither seem all they appear to be and add to the suspicion.

    Problem is, it’s far too slow, it’s only a 90 minute film that could have been put through a much faster pace and ended up with a thrilling hour, however we are dragged through a lot of unnecessary moments that attempt to add tension but only adds to the boredom. Without reading the novel, it’s clear that…
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  • ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ is a short and sweet little thriller with shades of Christopher Nolan’s classic ‘Memento.’ The two share the same principal of a central protagonist who is suffering from memory loss and can’t remember what has gone on before them. The beauty of this (when it works) is that you, as the viewer, is as much in the dark as the main character as to what’s going on.

    Here, Nicole Kidman wakes every morning, unable to remember the last eighteen years of her life. She’s married to Colin Firth, but can’t remember him and relies on photos and video diaries to chart her past. Then, enter one doctor, Mark Strong, who thinks he can help her recall her past. Naturally, memories surface which call into question everything she thinks she knows.

    Is it as good as Memento? No. But then, despite sharing the same premise, it’s different enough not to be totally judged against Memento. All three actors in Before I Go To Sleep play their parts well, however, it’s not a long film and there isn’t that much to it. I pretty much worked out what was going on well before Nicole managed to. There is more intrigue in the first half, but, once you have worked everything out, it sort of descends into your traditional ‘slasher’ film where the girl is being pursued by the killer (and if you’ve looked at the cast list, you’ll already know that you basically have a one in two chance of getting it right!).

    Seeing as the cast is basically ‘A-list’ it’s probably worth seeing if you’re into thrillers. However, once you’ve watched it, you probably won’t want to see it again (at least for many years). Basically… rent or borrow before you buy.

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