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The story of a woman who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor and even her husband.
Mystery Thriller - This is a suspense/mystery/thriller
based on the best selling novel of
the same name. Fans of Nicole
Kidman will enjoy this major star
showcase. Colin Firth and Mark
Strong have smaller but strong
supporting roles. Language, sexual
content, and some brutal, bloody
violence make this definitely not
Nicole Kidman THE RAILWAY MAN, STOKER, THE PAPERBOY, TRESPASS Colin Firth MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, THE RAILWAY MAN Mark Strong GREEN LANTERN, THE EAGLE, THE WAY BACK, ROBIN HOOD Director:Rowan Joffe THE AMERICAN, LAST RESORT, 28 WEEKS LATER
PROFANITY: 5 F-words; 4 S-words; a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings and brutal hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A foot chase and a struggle. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Before I Go to Sleep is on solid ground when laying the framework and asking questions. It goes off the rails when it starts providing resolutions.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average To be fair, the fact that Kidman gets this much honest emotion out of this script is a testament to her skill level. With a lesser actress, the result would be even more disingenuous. She gives it her all. The movie just gives nothing back to her.
NY PostFull Review Average Unfortunately, the film turns out to be not quite as twisty as promised: it's less a pretzel than it is a Cheez Curl. And I do mean cheez: The resolution, when it comes, is wholly lacking in nutritional value.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 58 moviegoers:
TEENS: The two males loved "Before I Go To Sleep."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one female rated it "above average."
ADULTS: For both the males and females these are decent reviews but certainly not great. About 20% to 25% loved this movie with another 40% indicating they enjoyed it very much. That means just over half truly enjoyed "Before I Go To Sleep." Unfortunately, a high percentage felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable) with about 10% more rating it even lower.
I'm awake...but where am I? These aren't my things. This isn't my bedroom. What am
I doing here? Who is this man sleeping next to me?
Who is this woman in the mirror? This isn't me. She's...old.
Why are there pictures of me with this man covering his bathroom wall? Why am
I wearing a wedding dress in this picture? I can't be married to him - I don't
even know who he is.
Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) wakes every day frightened and confused.
She's sleeping next to a man who says he's her husband in a home he tells her is
theirs, but none of this is familiar to her. She thinks she is a single woman in
her 20s when, in actuality, she is a 40-year-old married woman. Christine
suffers from psychogenic amnesia, as the result of a traumatic accident, and
remembers nothing from her recent past - not the accident itself, nor her
marriage to her husband Ben (Colin Firth).
Each day, Ben must introduce himself to her and explain their life together.
He tells her she had a car accident years ago and lost her memory because of it.
She can store up information throughout the day, but each night as she sleeps,
everything she has learned about herself, her life and what caused her condition
is erased from her memory.
One day, Christine receives a phone call from Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), a
neuropsychologist specializing in her condition, who tells her they have been
working with one another - without Ben's knowledge - to help her regain her
memory. He explains that she was the victim of no ordinary accident, but rather
a violent attack after which she was left for dead. Dr. Nasch provides Christine
with a digital camera and tasks her to record daily messages with information
she learns about her past.
As she pieces together her video diary entries, terrifying new truths emerge
that force her to question everything she thinks she knows about her life, as
well as everyone in it: Is Ben telling the truth about what happened? What are
Dr. Nasch's true intentions? What secrets have I been keeping? Who attacked me
that night? And her existence shapes itself around a bigger question - who can