Just seen The Railway Man starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. It's a very powerful film based on the true story of a man broken by torture in WWII.

Brilliantly filmed and directed. The scenes where they are building the railway look horrendously realistic. The scenes of brutality made me hold my breath.

The whole cast is excellent (although Stellan Skarsgård has to work very hard to come over as English). I always find Nicole Kidman watchable and she is spot on here. (How can she still look so good in a knitted cardigan and beige skirt?) Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine both play Eric Lomax at different stages in his life and it's very easy to believe in them as the same person.

Colin Firth gives his best performance ever.

This is a great film. I can only assume that the book on which it is based is equally brilliant. The ultimate conclusion, whether expected or not, is wonderfully realised.

It doesn't take a lot to make me cry and this had me sobbing.


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