Lionsgate has released the first UK trailer for director Jonathan Teplitzky’s drama The Railway Man. Based on a true story, the film takes place in 1980 England and stars Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, a former British officer and Prisoner of War who was interred by the Japanese in Singapore. As he suffers from sever psychological trauma in the present, his wife (Nicole Kidman) attempts to find a way to relieve his suffering. I caught the film at TIFF this past weekend and found it to be pretty disappointing. In splitting the film up between the PTSD portion in the present and the war portion in the past, Teplitzky fails to tell either story effectively. By far the best part of the film is a 40-minute flashback sequence featuring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as the young Lomax that chronicles his time at the POW camp, but that’s not enough to make up for the rest of the film. Read my full review here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, but be warned that it verges on revealing the entire plot, so tread lightly if you’re especially looking forward to this one. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada and is currently awaiting a US release date.
Here’s the synopsis for The Railway Man:
Based on his best-selling memoir, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, and starring Academy Award-winner Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.