Excerpt: From 1942 to 1943 the Imperial Japanese Army oversaw the construction of the Burma Railway. The railway line between Thailand and Burma was built using forced labor, including many Allied POWs.
Conclusion: 'The Railway Man' is an excellent film. Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard turn in terrific performances. It's a great war film that not so much looks at the actual war itself, but how a war changes a person over time.
Conclusion: The Railway Man is more moving on paper than it is on film. This sluggish drama fails to connect emotionally until its final scene and that is too little, too late. A true story like this should be gripping and powerful, but unfortunately this film almost never is.
Excerpt: Based on a true story, The Railway Man tell the story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a former POW at a Japanese camp during World War 2. Lomax is also a self-proclaimed railway enthusiast. The story begins in 1980 where he meets Patti (Nicole Kidman) on a train.
Excerpt: Railway Man’s cylindrical narrative depicts Eric Lomax, railway enthusiast and veteran of the British Armed Forces. Colin Firth depicts the elder Lomax, playfully romantic and jovial in public if burdened by a widening mental strain.