Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Movies: The Railway Man

(Drivebycuriosity) - "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was a huge blockbuster in the 1950s and belongs to the masterpieces of cinema. The movie, which was set in World War II, tells the story of British & Australian soldiers who as prisoners of war got tortured in a Japanese camp in Thailand. The David Bowie movie "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" also deals with torture in Japanese World War II prison camps. The film "The Railway Man", which is now running in US cinemas, takes this topic up and focuses on one unfortunate British prisoner who meets and confronts one of his tantalizers decades after the war (imdb).

The film was ok for me but it looked like a low budged production even with a respectable cast  (including Colin Firth, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd ). Especially Nicole Kidman was totally wasted in this movie. I believe "The Bridge.." and "Merry Christmas.." are better reappraisals of the torture in Japanese camps topic.

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