Movie Review: Before I Go To Sleep.
Directed By: Rowan Joffe.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.
A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Christine is an amnesiac, she suffered terrible head injuries that cause her memory to be wiped every time she falls asleep. So every day she wakes up not knowing where she is, who she's waking up next to and why she can't remember anything.
Nicole Kidman plays Christine who is the central focus of the film. At first glance I wasn't sure Kidman was pulling off the role but she got better and better as the film went on. She truly made me believe like she couldn't remember the previous day.
Colin Firth and Mark Strong are the two male leads in the film and both provide excellent performances, Firth in particular gave a truly gripping performance.
Christine wakes up one morning, terrified about where she is, who this man is next to her. She receives a phone call of Dr Nasch (Strong) who tells her that they have been having meetings for a few weeks to try and cure her amnesia. He calls her every morning to remind her to look in her camera for a video diary that she has been making daily to remind her self of whats going on.
I don't want to delve to deeply into the plot because it really is quite fascinating to watch it play out. The trailers do an excellent job of not giving anything away so I won't talk about the plot any further.
Like the main character, the audience has no idea what is going on, and like the main character, we're not sure who to trust. Every time you think you've cracked the case, the movie throws you off and makes you think something else entirely.
This film is packed with twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Its all packed into around 90 minutes and perhaps its even a little too long, I could easily see 5 minutes or so being knocked off of the movie.
Before I Go To Sleep is ludicrous but its never boring. The film makers chose to set this in a very modern suburbia in Britain to make you think that something this crazy could actually happen. So despite over the top story, it felt very realistic.
The film is quite silly but it is good fun because of its mysterious plot. I had a great time trying to work out the twists and being proven wrong again and again.
The only character you can trust is Christine because you're on the same page. You don't know what's happening and to gain more knowledge as the main character does was a great way to tell the story instead of just watching Christine discover things that we already know.
The film works because the three central performances work. Kidman is great at playing confused and weary. Firth delivered quite an unnerving and creepy performance and Strong is always great, although his character doesn't turn out how you might come to expect from Strong's filmography.
This is a film that I probably won't watch again because the fun comes from not knowing anything. This is a fun thriller with some great twists, fun performances and an interesting story that kept me hooked throughout.
One of the reveals in the film actually made me gasp, I was not expecting it at all and the may it was filmed was very impressive! You'll most likely know what reveal I'm talking about after seeing the film.
The story is over the top and unrealistic but it works remarkably well when put on screen. I merit this to the pace, there was a good flow to the reveals and never a moment where I was bored because it kept me on my toes. Under examination this film most likely contains several plot holes, but because of its quick pace and short run time, the film never allows you to spot them whilst your sat in the theater.
Every time I thought "Well...that doesn't make sense", the film would cover its tracks and prove me wrong and that impressed me a lot.
As entertaining as the film is, its one I most likely won't sit down to watch again. Its not groundbreaking or completely original but that didn't bother me because I was having a really good time experiencing it on the edge of my seat.
Before I Go To Sleep is a solid 90 minute thriller with twists you won't see coming, entertaining performances and a story that will keep you hooked throughout. I'm going to give the movie a B!
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