THE RAILWAY MAN Trailer Is Simple and Affecting

One of the many opening lines in the trailer for the new film, The Railway Man seems to sum it all up albeit in very simple terms.

“He’s a wonderful man… but he’s a mess.”

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The film is an adaptation of a bestselling autobiography under the same name, written by Eric Lomax. Lomax actually passed away in October 2012, at the age of 93. Once World War II concluded, he became a lecturer at Strathclyde University before publishing his autobiography.

The Railway Man follows a British officer throughout his life. In his early years during World War II, he’s captured as a POW and held in a Japanese labor camp. He is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma railroad. The story primarily takes place 50 years later, in 1993 when he returns to Japan to confront his captor.

Judging by the trailer, the film is going to take us on a journey through Lomax’s harrowing ordeal and what he had to do to piece himself back together after all was said and done. The trailer, no doubt speaks for many of our veterans who have been through the same kind of experience or worse. It is clear that this film will take us through the gamut of lessons about love, forgiveness and most of all perseverance.

The Thailand Burma rail was often referred to as the “railway of death” because of the horrendous working conditions many suffered during its construction. Men were forced to work with their bare hands, without the help of pack animals. The story of The Railway Man will shed light on the history of the rail. It will also take us through some of the senseless abuse Lomax and many others suffered at the hands of a Japanese interpreter. Later in life, Lomax and his friend discover that their abuser is still alive. That’s when they decide to pay him a visit and confront him face-to-face so he’ll pay for his crimes.

As one would expect, the cast is pretty sizeable and includes a bevy of well-known actors and actresses. Colin Firth plays the older officer Lomax, while Jeremy Irvine plays his younger character. Nicole Kidman co-stars, playing Lomax’s wife Patti and Stellan Skarsgård plays Lomax’s best friend.

The film is being directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, an Australian known for his 2011 drama Burning Man. British screenwriter Frank Cottrell is responsible for the story, while Andy Paterson of Girl With a Pearl Earring, fame produces.

The Railway Man is currently scheduled to release on January 1, 2014 from Lionsgate films. There won’t be any huge gun battles, CGI explosions, or mustangs zooming around tight corners in a chase scene, but rather an equally powerful and emotional ride. This is bolstered even more so by the fact that it’s based on a true story. Personally, I can’t wait to see the movie and the trailer did a fantastic job of instilling that feeling.

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