Thursday, 14 August 2014

“The Railway Man”

An indelible masterpiece of history

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Rarely does a film come along that captures so poignantly a piece of horrific history with editing so artful that we are left to pick up the pieces and calm our emotions.  Ingeniously colliding the past and the present, the film’s director, Jonathan Teplizky has brilliantly woven together the severe breakdown and recovery of our hero, Lomax (Colin Firth). Based on a true story, the film dramatically reveals this brave man’s agony as he reconciles the past with the present while living in denial and then finally dealing with what he suffered as a prisoner of war at the barbaric hands of the Japanese – in particular one sicko while in captivity during WWII. 

Flashbacks and his present life are equally horrific as he relives unspeakable torture – all while he was one of the ‘slaves’ building the railway in the Far East. Friendship has no boundaries – as we learn at the resolution of this film and the reuniting of torturer with victim.

This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.
 Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.