The Railway Man (2013)

The Railway Man (2013)
  • Time: 116 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Nicole Kidman


Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did?

One review

  • Considering the fact that this film portrays a story of immense emotional complexity, and that it explores the inspirational concept of triumph over adversity, The Railway Man surprisingly proves to be somewhat disappointing, as one would anticipate more from a film tackling such a powerful theme. Colin Firth does give a solid performance in the leading role, depicting a man in search of redemption for the injustice he suffered as a prisoner of war, and due to the story being based on real life events it does prove as incredibly moving. However, the nature of the story is such that it would undoubtedly deserve a film of epic proportions, which The Railway Man fails to accomplish. It is initially well constructed, with the tone in the early phases being particularly captivating, but the film is then unable to built on the good foundation and eventually loses its momentum. The Railway Man had all the potential of being a great war epic, but it ultimately comes across merely as a mediocre film with a very powerful story in its core.

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