The Railway Man

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

Based on a true story, Colin Firth is former prisoner of war Eric Lomax who, years after his torture at the hands of the Japanese, sets off to confront the man responsible. Co-stars Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine and Hiroyuki Sanada.

Lomax (Firth), a British Army signals officer who was captured by Japanese soldiers in World War II, was brutally tortured when his love of the railway made him a spy suspect. Many years later, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti (Kidman) to find his torturers. Accompanied by his best friend (Stellan Skarsgård), he returns to the scene of his incarceration and abuse, seeking out his captor (Sanada) in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate.

2013Rating: M, Violence116 minsAustralia, UK
DramaHistorical
94%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Lomax found heroism in compassion, and that attitude is what audiences are bound to connect with so deeply here, even if such an outcome proves almost anti-dramatic onscreen.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

In Firth’s every grimace and flinch you feel the torment of Lomax’s private world, but emotionally ‘The Railway Man’ feels trimmed and tidied up.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An extremely affecting and accomplished drama.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's a terrific story... but the film strains so hard trying to sustain the emotional intensity that there's no energy left for the big finish.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A plodding ... poorly-structured drama.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

At its heart is Firth's visceral performance, which convincingly charts trauma and deep burning vengeance to resolve in a profoundly cathartic way.

0

First half a little boring but it gets good and then great.

4.0
0

A fantastic true story but lacking any real emotional payoff.

3.0
0

Wow! I really enjoyed the movie, subject matter aside! It was intense and emotional! While I did look away a couple of times it was really well done. There was a bit too much back and forth at the start but then it settled down and was an awesome movie. Jeremy Irvine did a fantastic job as the young Eric Lomax, and the similarities between him and...

4.0
0

I was so engaged and enthralled with this movie that I had no idea how long I had been watching it for. It starts out very un-assuming and rather quirky but soon delves deep in to despair and torture of the body and soul Colin Firth exhibits what he has become known for as far as historic re-enacting goes just brilliant a real must see!!!

5.0
0

One man's anguish dealing with the nightmare that was his war-time experience but turns out to be not his torture alone. An awful tale that should and has been told.

4.0
0

I loved this film. I felt that the story was told with great respect for the soldiers who lived through the horrific experiences that the film portrays. While Firth was as good as he always is, the stand-out actor for me was Jeremy Irvine, playing the young Eric Lomax. This film has it all - drama, suspense, heart-wrenching moments, reconciliation. What...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Lomax found heroism in compassion, and that attitude is what audiences are bound to connect with so deeply here, even if such an outcome proves almost anti-dramatic onscreen.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

In Firth’s every grimace and flinch you feel the torment of Lomax’s private world, but emotionally ‘The Railway Man’ feels trimmed and tidied up.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An extremely affecting and accomplished drama.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's a terrific story... but the film strains so hard trying to sustain the emotional intensity that there's no energy left for the big finish.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A plodding ... poorly-structured drama.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

At its heart is Firth's visceral performance, which convincingly charts trauma and deep burning vengeance to resolve in a profoundly cathartic way.

0

First half a little boring but it gets good and then great.

4.0
0

A fantastic true story but lacking any real emotional payoff.

3.0
0

Wow! I really enjoyed the movie, subject matter aside! It was intense and emotional! While I did look away a couple of times it was really well done. There was a bit too much back and forth at the start but then it settled down and was an awesome movie. Jeremy Irvine did a fantastic job as the young Eric Lomax, and the similarities between him and...

4.0
0

I was so engaged and enthralled with this movie that I had no idea how long I had been watching it for. It starts out very un-assuming and rather quirky but soon delves deep in to despair and torture of the body and soul Colin Firth exhibits what he has become known for as far as historic re-enacting goes just brilliant a real must see!!!

5.0
0

One man's anguish dealing with the nightmare that was his war-time experience but turns out to be not his torture alone. An awful tale that should and has been told.

4.0
0

I loved this film. I felt that the story was told with great respect for the soldiers who lived through the horrific experiences that the film portrays. While Firth was as good as he always is, the stand-out actor for me was Jeremy Irvine, playing the young Eric Lomax. This film has it all - drama, suspense, heart-wrenching moments, reconciliation. ...

5.0
0