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Another superfluous war torture biopic
It starts quite charming with a guy obsessed with railways, not really harmed by the new botox victim Nicole Kidman, but in the 3rd act the film spirals downwards, with completely unnecessary torture scenes, the predictable uplifting moral story and the worst, the Weinstein violin orgy. The film might have succeeded with the 3rd act explained in 3 sentences in the end credits, but this is pure Weinstein junk, even worse then "Il Postino".
The film would only make sense if Britain would be preparing another war with Japan.
During World War II, Eric Lomax (played by Colin Firth) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his time in the camp he is tortured by an officer and meets a fellow POW (played by Ben Rossberg).
Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Accompanied by his best friend (played by Skarsgard), Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase (played by Sanada), from the prison camp, "in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate".
Theatrical : 2014-04-11 : United States of America
Theatrical : 2014-01-01 : United States of America