The poster for THE RAILWAY MAN isn’t inspiring, doesn’t do an amazing story justice and since I love super hero, action, comedy and cartoon movies best, I almost missed out on one of the best films ever, I kid you not. Thank God I went to see it. It showed me the life of a True Super Hero (R.I.P.).
Based on a true story, released in the U.K. last year and in theaters now in the U.S. thanks to The Weinstein Company. It isn’t doing well in the U.S., but understanding the culture and all the options, I can see that, but THE RAILWAY MAN IS GREAT and Movie Justice will honor the man this story is based on.
THE RAILWAY MAN takes place in wartime between the U.K. + Japan over the building of a railway. When Japan takes British and Australian soldiers as P.O.W.’s they make them toil under ruthless, severe conditions, often inflicting brutality. What makes this movie is the ultimate heroic moral decision by Eric NOT to kill a war criminal responsible for murders, nightmares, tortures, floggings, and on and on.
When the main young British engineer soldier (Eric)–responsible for making a transistor radio to hear news like the Americans have ended the war–is interrogated, beaten to his death (but didn’t die) after other barbaric tortures that give him lifetime quivering and yelling type nightmares returns “home”, he finds love that questions his past to help him leave the memories in the past, but they are too difficult and embedded to explore.
The movie fascinates between the young + old Eric. The old Eric finds out from his railway engineer soldier friend, who ended up hanging himself to end his nightmares, that Eric’s main Japanese torturer never was hung for his crimes, but is cowardly living and asks brave Eric to kill the man.
Colin Firth, from King’s Speech, plays the old Eric with such ease and I’m sure it wasn’t easy. He was handsome, dare I say this in such a serious film, but it must be said and partly due to his moral and intelligent role. They do show the real Eric in a picture when the credits rolled and he died in 2013 so he probably had a lot of input into this film with his amazing wife. This couple are the real Super Heroes of the Universe. Together and alone, and especially Eric, they tackled the truth in life in the face of the worst. Brave is a word often used to describe Eric. Not many would take torture to assume responsibility to save his friend’s limbs and, or lives.
Jeremy Irvine, from War Horse, plays young Eric. He is Excellent, Hott. What a difficult character he had to portray. Acting aside, he shows us the actual circumstances to a T of what happened in the interrogation room. The film is artistic and easy on the eyes in terms of all the difficult matter. Trust me when I say The Railway Man is Marvelous.
The film ends with alot of emotional good tears and Eric forgives his torturer (who dies in 2011) and they become good friends to their deaths in real life. Talk about closure. Eric saw that the man was remorseful, truly, and lived his life educating others of the horrors that happened by providing tours at the actual interrogation quarter’s site. THE RAILWAY MAN is a Must See, that only seeing it can make you understand, feel, and love it more than words that seem to describe a war movie.
Today’s assignment for my WordPress Blogging 101 course is to use inspired material from the blogging community in today’s post so since one of my friend’s used the term Super Hero in her blog, I thought to add her blog below (after trying to link it) and promote her to illustrate Eric’s Super Heroic Action based on his humaness and whatever he drew from to NOT kill someone who was supposed to have been hung as a war criminal and her bravery to state what she believes. The link may not be a perfect parallel and I support many beliefs if it inspires, and here it is http://graceholden.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/jesus-is-my-superhero/comment-page-1/#comment-109