The Railway Man tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured by the Japanese in World War 2. The story begins with Lomax (Colin Firth) in England many years after the war as he meets his soon to be wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). As the story unfolds, we learn Lomax is still suffering from the past and whilst the war may be over, in his head is is still very much alive.
As Patti seeks to find out what happened to her husband, she discovers an horrific tale of torture and suffering that he, and other men, endured at the hands of the Japanese. So bad that it has left it’s mark on his mind ever since. When it is revealed that his former torturer is still alive, he sets out to seek revenge and closure for his inability to cope with normal life.
As a story of suffering, soldierly bonds, revenge and forgiveness, The Railway Man is a lovely change in pace from the usual war film. It shows us the equally important, yet not as well known, tragic consequences of what war can do to men. It does not shy away from the realities, it embraces them holding them up for the viewer to understand and appreciate and gives a useful insight into what these men went through and why so little of them talked about it after the war.
A definite must see for war film fans.
Written by Jonny Morris