The first trailer for Jonathan Teplitzky‘s The Railway Man has come online, though it still does not have a domestic distributor following its premiere here in Toronto where I saw it this past Saturday.
Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd and Hiroyuki Sanada, the film tells the story of a World War II veteran who became a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp and decides to confront the past that haunts him at the urging of his wife.
Some stories deserve their time on screen and there’s nothing wrong with a well-told, directed and acted story that manages to move and enlighten us and I’m not sure The Railway Man could have been told any better. It obviously comes with years of World War II stories in front of it and serves as something of a true story cousin to 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai.
As one of the characters says in the film, “war leaves a mark”, and the mark the second World War left on the whole of humanity is one that will never wear away. What’s truly amazing are the number of stories that continue to come out of such a dark period in human history, many that can actually serve as uplifting just as this one does.
You can read the full review right here, check out the trailer below.