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The extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past.
Drama - This is a fact-based, partly WWII-set drama aimed at adults. Colin
Firth fans will enjoy this showcase for him; however, Nicole Kidman's
role is very small. Violent content and adult subject matter make
the film not for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Austere and old-fashioned almost to a fault, "The Railway Man" offers tastefully safe treatment of a horrific subject: the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ...for a well-acted movie about the horrors of war and the lure of revenge, it's surprisingly dull and starchy. Though both Firth and Sanada are excellent in their parts, they are limited by the bland script which doesn't do justice to the subject matter.
NY PostFull Review Poor The second half of this earnest, slow-paced picture (based on a true story) is taken up with endless flashback torture sequences and the long encounter between the two men in 1980, when the sole point of suspense is whether the Firth character will exact his revenge via torture. I think I'd rather have the waterboarding than the movie's bromides about how we're all victims and hate must end.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 22 moviegoers:
Although we were only able to collect 22 reviews for this limited release film, it's obvious that most moviegoers really enjoyed "The Railway Man." Four of the males loved it and two rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, two felt it was only an "average" movie, which is a bit disappointing, but not bad.
Surprisingly, the ladies enjoyed this movie more than the guys. Eighty-percent rated it extremely high, with the other 20% indicating it was an "above average" movie.