THE RAILWAY MAN: THE REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

Salty Kernel, CLAIRE SMITH, headed out to review this epic romance war drama biopic that is being dubbed a huge Xmas film. It is not something I would have picked as a boxing day release but distributors think otherwise – it is not yet rated in Australia but has M written all over it and it will run for 116mins. See what Claire thinks below and do not forget, at the very bottom is your chance to win tickets to an advanced screening next week at the fantastic new Palace Norton St. Special thanks to TRANSMISSION FILMS for the giveaway.

Retired soldier Eric Lomax is plagued by post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by broken memories of his torture during his time as a prisoner of war in Thailand/Burma during World War Two.

Set concurrently in war time and in post-war Britain, this film jumps between its main storyline and its war stories to present a tale of incredible human suffering and compassion in the hardest of times.

 

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THE RAILWAY MAN: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 

Eric (Colin Firth – The Kings Speech, Bridget Jones’ Diary) plays the older, traumatized retired soldier who is on a journey to face the ghosts of his past, spurred on by Nicole Kidman (Australia, Eyes Wide Shut) as concerned wife, Patti.

When it is discovered that Eric’s previous torturer is still alive, a tough choice must be made on whether Eric should face his demons or let it go and leave the past behind him.

The story is touching and poignant, if a little depressing and tedious at times. The torture scenes, although important to see are difficult to watch – a credit to the visual storytelling techniques of this film.  The sound scoring was a standout as well – rain droplets tenderly tapping at the ground after loud blast gunfire rains through the surround sound. Railway Man does well to place the audience inside the nightmare of Lomax’s post traumatic stress disorder – it results in total empathy from the audience for a film that is realistic and tender.

 

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THE RAILWAY MAN: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 

Character interaction became a little starchy at times, but Firth does an incredible job in portraying such a troubled and closed-character. Stellan Skarsgard (The Avengers, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo) plays best friend and veteran POW Finlay. An important addition to the story, it is Finlay who discovers that Lomax’s torturer is still alive and well, operating as a tour-guide in Burma and claiming to be nothing more than a translator during the war.

Lomax’s torturer, Nagase is chillingly portrayed as a younger man by Tanroh Ishida (47 Ronin, Gambit). Tanroh is the standout as the villain to this tale and has all the calm and collected focus of a jungle panther focused on stalking its prey. Initially used as a translator, Nagase soon finds his niche in taunting Lomax to try and ascertain intel of which Lomax is falsely suspected to have possession. Keep an eye out for Tanroh, based on his performance in this film, I’m hoping that we start to see more of him in future film releases.

 

Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sam Reid, Tanroh Ishida, The Railway Man, The Railway Man Review, Train Movie, War Movie, Claire Smith, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Eric Lomax, Andy Paterson, Jonathan Teplitzky
THE RAILWAY MAN: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 

This film will move you. It’s a sombre and realistic portrayal of troubling themes within our global history but is not for the faint of heart. See it with a friend as it’s a tad on the macabre side for a good three quarters of the film. It focuses on themes of heroics and compassion and is truly a touching and realistic story, but be prepared to sit through some tough scenes to get there.

Not your typical Boxing Day release of feel-good trash, but worth a watch if you enjoy true stories of troubled war-times.

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

3 and a Half Pops

KERNEL BEN’S POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to TRANSMISISON FILMS to win one of the 5 x DOUBLE PASSES to THE RAILWAY MAN  available for a one night special advance screening on Monday 16th December at 6:45pm at the newly renovated Palace Norton St cinema – 99 Norton St, Leichhardt you need to Tweet us @saltypopcornau with the hashtag #TRAINWIN the answer to the following question:

What is the best train film of all time and why? (remember 140 characters only :) ) 

If you do not have Twitter then you can put it on our Facebook wall – the links are on the Salty home page so you can get there. Or if you still have my email address then go for it.

The prizes/ tickets will be on a door list for the screening. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents, the cost of airfares so you could see it outweighs the cost of the ticket – and we always look out for you :)