Ghosts of the past haunt a former British Army officer in Jonathan Teplitzky’s respectful and polished drama.
Based on the bestselling autobiography of Eric Lomax, The Railway Man uses a patchwork of flashbacks to recount the writer’s treatment at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army after the fall of Singapore.
Director Jonathan Teplitzky doesn’t shy away from the most harrowing episodes of Lomax’s story, including a torture sequence which depicts Japanese officers using water-boarding but it is also the love story of Eric and his loyal wife Patti (Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman). Jeremy Irvine depicts him in the wartime flashbacks.
While the picture lands a flurry of punches, it doesn’t quite deliver a knockout blow. even in the final act when Lomax confronts his Japanese tormentor.