The Railway Man

A tale of possible revenge, Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man looks to be an Oscar wannabe with its all-star cast and subject matter. Colin Firth stars as a World War II vet who is haunted by the war and the man who tortured him, so when he finds out where that person is — even though it’s forty years later — he plots to confront the man who damaged him.

Also in the film are Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard and Jeremy Irvine. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and received mixed notices, but Firth is an obvious Oscar favorite (even though he recently won for The King’s Speech), and this is the sort of cast that can get noticed by the academy. Currently the film doesn’t have an American release date, but we’d probably expect it in December. Here’s that trailer:

Is it just us, or wouldn’t it be awesome if one time in a movie like this the wife (here played by Kidman, natch) said “Oh, you want to kill the man who tortured and possibly raped you? Cool. Need any help?” In films like this revenge is always a moral question, about the value of getting even, and if it’s worth it. That often makes the wife/love interest the voice of reason as the violence may then cost the main character his soul. But this often makes the ending of these films self-evident. We shall see when The Railway Man hits theaters eventually.

What’s your favorite Colin Firth performance?