Review: Before I Go To Sleep
FACT's Elliot Callard reviews the dark and suspensful Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong
8 September 2014
Having never read the book, I went into the film in the fortunate position of knowing almost nothing about the plot. The film tells the story of Christine, a forty year old woman who wakes up every morning with no memory of her life since her mid twenties. Her husband must introduce himself to her everyday and convince her of their long and happy marriage. She must learn who she is and why she has no memory every single day.
Unsurprisingly all is not as it seems, as she works with her psychotherapist to attempt to uncover the source of her amnesia. Rather than an accident, which is what she is told by her husband Ben, it emerges that her memory problems were caused by a vicious attack with no witnesses. She must recover her memory to have any hope of catching the man who destroyed her life.
Christine’s efforts to uncover her past and discover the truth are exciting, shocking and ‘enjoyably preposterous’ according to The Observer's Mark Kermode.
Total Film describes the movie as full of ‘suspense, scares and more twists than you can shake a corkscrew at’ with Radio Times calling it ‘a sexy, chilling and stylish trick of the light’.
The third act is full of twists and turns, most of which can be predicted if you’ve ever seen similar films before but none the less, I found the film completely gripping from beginning to end. The film’s two leads give undeniably fantastic performances throughout, but the climatic scene sees Colin Firth in especially fine form.
Whilst it isn’t the most revolutionary, or cutting edge piece of cinema, Before I Go To Sleep is a fantastic way to spend two hours!
Before I Go To Sleep is showing daily and tickets are available from the Box Office, by phone on 0871 902 5737 and online.