Monday, June 09, 2014

The Railway Man

Yesterday, we went to the Robinson, our local art theater that I've written about before, to see The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.  

Description:  Colin Firth portrays World War II prisoner of war survivor Eric Lomax, who years later attempted to reconcile with the past that haunted him by tracking down one of his Japanese captors. In the film, Nicole Kidman portrays his second wife Patti and Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd portrays his best friend Finlay. Watch The Railway Man movie trailer for an overview of the movie's interpretation of the story, which was adapted from Lomax's book of the same name.

Based on Eric Lomax's memoir The Railway Man, the film is often difficult to watch, but absolutely moving.

I've added the book to my wishlist, but I'm still processing the film version right now.  

All of the actors did an excellent job, and this is just one of the remarkable stories about survival in these camps and the effects that follow throughout the lives of the survivors.

With Memorial Day and the anniversary of D Day just past, the film may have carried extra impact for me as far as being eternally grateful for those men in service of their country.

Images of POWs from Japanese camps.

Last year, I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the story of Loui Zamperini, the Olympic runner/Army Air Corps bombardier, who survived horrific conditions in Japanese POW camps.  (my review).

Unbroken will also be released as a movie, possibly in December.  

(duplicate post on my book blog)


  1. I've been looking forward to seeing The Railway Man, so glad for your recommendation. Geez, what those prisoners had to contend with. It amazes me how brutal humans are to each other in the name of peace.

  2. Connie - Not always easy to watch, but well worth watching!

  3. We too are looking forward to seeing Railway Man. These films are always difficult [for me] to watch.

  4. Yes, it difficult seeing the brutality man is capable of on such a large scale. That is why I'm not sure I can watch Unbroken when it comes out.

    The Chef comes here June 20th, and since your comments, I've been so looking forward to it!


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