The Railway Man

Posted on April 26, 2014


The Railway Man – Years after being held captive by the Japanese, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is still suffering the effects of PTSD. He and fellow soldiers were forced to work as slaves on the railway where they were treated like animals, practically clubbed to death, and subjected to other horrendous cruelty.
How anyone could survive that much torture, that much pain, and come out sane is almost unbelievable.
The story moves back and forth between 1942, with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) playing the young Eric, and about 1980 when Patti Lomax (Nicole Kidman) is attempting to get her husband to open up about what actually happened. She gets Eric’s friend Finlay (Stellan Skarsgard The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) to reveal part of it before he hangs himself as a last sacrifice.
Based on the true story by Eric Lomax, it’s a testament to the inherent goodness of mankind that he forgave Nagase “The hating has to stop sometime.” And in the end, we find that Lomax’s main tormentor Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada) was as much of a victim as Eric and was manipulated by his government too.
For you doubters, Nicole’s forehead does move.