The Railway Man – DVD review

Colin Firth stars as a former British soldier who reconciles with his one-time Japanese torturer

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Jonathan Teplitzky, 2013


Colin Firth was a safe choice for the part of Eric Lomax in this adaptation of his autobiography. Lomax, a former British soldier who was tortured in a Japanese PoW camp following the surrender of Singapore in 1942, is still haunted by his memories decades on.

But with repetitive shots of Edinburgh and the Burma Railway, director Jonathan Teplitzky fails to turn an extraordinary story of reconciliation between victim and torturer into anything more than a milk-run of stiff upper lips and war-honour clichés.

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