Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

So here’s a interesting little movie and a fine way to spend 92 minutes.

Here’s the start; Nicole Kidman wakes up and doesn’t know where she is.  Her husband (Colin Firth), who she doesn’t recognise, explains that she has amnesia each day has to restart her life.  Once he goes to work the phone rings and it’s her Doctor who tells her he is treating her but her husband does not know and she should go and look at the secret video diary that she hides in the cupboard.

The Doctor is Mark Strong.

I know, who wouldn’t want to watch this?

Directed by Rowan Joffe, this is a tight and slightly disrespectful thriller that is honest enough to get down and dirty in the final stretch and quick enough to surprise even if its does all seem a bit obvious afterwards.  This is the type of mid-range film, where everyone is on game and all the notes are in the right place, that really qualifies for the question ‘have you seen…?’

Highly Recommended.

Film: The Railway Man (2013)

Having not been to the cinema for what seems like ages, due to a mixture of Christmas and general lack of inspiration (another three hours of Hobbit really couldn’t have been a less appealing prospect), I got back into the swing of things last night with a late screening of The Railway Man and the film has really lingered with me for the last 24 hours.

Technically, there is nothing flashy or particularly outstanding about the movie.  It occasionally, particularly in flashback, verges on being ‘quality Sunday night TV’ and Firth is Firth but what it does have is the patience to tell a powerful story in a simple way.  There is raw emotion but no melodrama, terrible violence but no wallowing.

The story of Eric Lomax has made me feel petty all day.  This film is worth watching.