The Railway Man

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

A victim from World War IIs Death Railway sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

The Railway Man Details

Title The Railway Man
Air Date Dec 26, 2013
Runtime 116 Minutes
Networks Archer Street Productions, Lionsgate, Pictures in Paradise, Latitude Media, Thai Occidental Productions, Silver Reel,
Genres Drama, History,
Country Australia, United Kingdom,
Languages en,

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  • An astonishing story about two former enemies in a lesser-known front of World War II

    September 8th, 2013

    The Pacific theater of the second world war is often characterized by a number of such decisive battle fields as Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The Railway Man is a reminder of the madness of war that reached beyond those well-known battle fields and the profound effects it had on individuals who fought in the Southeast Asia region.. Colin Fi...

  • What would you do if you came face to face with your enemy?

    January 10th, 2014

    Words cannot do this film justice. There are no words to describe how amazing the true story of Eric Lomax really was, and I do not want to give away the entire story here. But suffice to say that I was fully engrossed in the film throughout its entirety. From the moment we see Eric and Patty meet to the emotional ending,I could not bring myself t...

  • Love and redemption: great themes

    January 22nd, 2014

    Last week I saw American HUSTLE and couldn't understand why the critics have so raved about it. Yesterday I saw THE RAILWAY MAN and can't understand why the critics have been so dismissive. It's a tense story about one of the great horrors of World War Two. Based on a true story, it's also a tale of love and redemption, two of the cinema's (and li...

  • A remarkable examination of a challenging topic

    September 7th, 2013

    Saw this film at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Teplitzky's film is primarily an attempt at an exploration of the male psyche of men of the WWII generation, as they cope with PTSD, told through a true life story about torture, war crimes, loss, honour, and forgiveness. The protagonist, brilliantly portrayed by Colin...

  • powerful and emotive WWII autobiographical tale of PTSD and triumph in adversity

    December 13th, 2013

    Saw this as a test screening some time ago but wasn't allowed to post until it was released, consequently I've not seen the finished film but the test version affected me quite a bit. Based on a true story - Eric Lomax (Firth) - was building the Thai/Burma railway WWII as a POW. The conditions were horrific, treatment atrocious and Lomax clearly s...

  • Life changing film

    May 2nd, 2014

    This is arguably one of the best WW2 films I have ever seen. There aren't many films that tell the story of the situation outside of Europe and this tells it brilliantly. Collin Firth portrays the emotional struggle of a man plagued by the war extremely well, and I was gripped from start to finish. I've been to Thailand and this was possibly why I...

  • Fantastic

    April 23rd, 2014

    I read the short storyline of the film before viewing and it had intrigued me. I came into it with an open mind - at first romance and then the inescapable drama. The acting by Firth was amazing. I was mesmerized. It may be slow (to some of a lesser attention span) at first, but eased into a psychological drama that holds on tight and will not rel...

  • Good film, with some pacing issues

    September 6th, 2013

    Had the opportunity to see this at its world premiere in Toronto tonight, where we were joined not only by the stars, but also by Patti Lomax, the wife of the real-life Eric Lomax, on whose autobiography this film was based. . The story is unique and interesting, and is told with a series of flashbacks to Eric Lomax, our protagonist's (Firth), exp...

  • Read the book for a fuller story

    January 14th, 2014

    "The Railway Man" is a sober restrained film for much of its running time. Its low key approach makes the torture scenes and the depictions of Eric Lomax's searing post-war nightmares all the more horrifying and unforgettable. The acting is uniformly excellent. The direction and all the technical contributions are admirable. I normally never consc...

  • Simply the best film I have seen in a long time

    April 20th, 2014

    A superb film - it is a slow and thoughtful. I thought it superior to "!2 Years A Slave". It is a deeply moving commentary on the atrocities inflicted upon allied prisoners of war by the Japanese during World War 2, and in particular upon one individual young British officer. The film shows how he continued to suffer from the horrors of this exper...

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