The Railway Man


Middle of the tracks...

A WW2 drama, low-key romance, and revenge thriller all in one, this adap of former Japanese PoW Eric Lomax’s harrowing memoir could hardly be accused of lacking ambition.

If only the result did it justice: this sweeping chronicle of torture, trauma and reconciliation fails to convince, particularly in scenes centred on the middle-aged Lomax (Colin Firth).

Wartime flashbacks featuring Jeremy Irvine strike truer notes, though not enough to offset the overcooked finale. As doting Mrs Lomax, meanwhile, Nicole Kidman looks like she’s on the wrong train altogether.

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