A tale of redemption and forgiveness in the face of hard-to-imagine brutality, The Railway Man is like the world's most profound new year's resolution corralled into movie form. And guess what? It's out on January 1, just in time to make us want to be a whole lot nicer to each other.
Directed by Sydney-born Jonathan Teplitzky, The Railway Man is an Anglo-Aussie adapation that tackles the aftermath of the military disaster that befell the two Allied nations when Singapore surrender to the Japanese in 1942. Thousands of soldiers, including young signaller and railway buff Lomax (Jeremy Irvine), were marched into captivity to work on the notorious Burma railway amid barely conceivable privations.
Lomax recorded his experience in prose - his book is a novelshelf staple in many homes - but it was the efforts of his wife, Patricia (Nicole Kidman), to engineer a reconciliation with Nagase that frames the story.