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Before I Go To Sleep - DVD Review

Before I Go To Sleep

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

ROWAN Joffe’s Before I Go To Sleep is a gripping psychological thriller driven by a trio of great performances from Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Adapted from S.J. Watson’s hit best-seller, the film takes an intriguing premise and succeeds in keeping you guessing right up until its generally satisfying ending.

Christine (Kidman) wakes up every morning unable to remember anything about her life. But is her condition the result of an accident, as her husband (Firth) suggests? Or is there something more sinister at play, as suggested by the doctor (Strong) who keeps calling her every morning in an attempt to put the pieces of her life back together?

As Christine scrambles to catch up, she must also decide which of the two men in her life she can trust.

Joffe’s film is obviously the type of thriller that works best the less you know about it and capably supplies enough twists to keep you enthralled.

It also tackles themes of trust, loss and fear in engaging fashion, providing the leads with plenty of emotionally complex material to work with and which enhance the thriller aspects.

Hence, while viewers may harbour their own suspicions about where the story is heading early on, Joffe does toy with them to create a sustained air of uncertainty where sympathies are pulled this way and that. Some of his directorial techniques also heighten the sense of paranoia and confusion inherent in Kidman’s central character.

As a result, Kidman acquits herself well in the lead role, combining a range of emotions with something possibly darker in her own back story, while Firth and Strong take it in turns to be either compassionate or sinister.

There are certain elements of the conclusion that threaten to unravel proceedings (much like in the novel, even though the ending differs) but even then Joffe keeps convincing control of the film’s emotional content.

It helps to ensure that Before I Go To Sleep is one of the better psychological thrillers you’re likely to see in a while and one that’s well worth investing your time in.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 104mins
UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Date: January 12, 2015

  1. Good Article. Colin Firth once again amazes in a role that is contrary to his usual image. Although I like his romantic image much better, he rises to greatness as a villain as well. See the movie!

    Susan    Jan 10    #