Home video: 'Railway Man' takes a wartime ride

  • Updated: August 9, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman snuggle up in “The Railway Man.”

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Despite solid performances by Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard and a handsome cinematic sheen burnishing the shocking, true-life tale of wartime torture and reconciliation, “The Railway Man” is less deeply affecting than merely admirable. Still, it is good, slick and well-intentioned. Based on a 1995 memoir by Englishman Eric Lomax — who as a World War II soldier in the Far East was captured and brutalized by the Japanese army —the R-rated film jumps back and forth between Lomax’s shellshocked veteran circa 1980 (Firth) and his much younger wartime self (Jeremy Irvine). Contains images of violence and torture. Extras include interviews with the director, producer and stars.

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