great acting even not need to mention. I loved this real story of Eric Lomax. Hatred vs wisdom. Power and the force of wisdom in the form of most tender emotions. but something is missing .you can not completely lose yourself in some scenes which I guess a soundtrack underestmation is the main reason.
Squanders an interesting story for a slightly dry, awards-baiting, spreadsheet of a movie, and multiple compromises ensure it ends up a little flat. The cinematography and score are fine, but the liberties taken with the truth, added to the woeful lack of chemistry between Firth and Kidman, means it widely misses its target.
It attempts to achieve something not only too high but also dubious - namely a definite ethical position. So, while I admire that ambition and some portions of the film, this open exhibition of an ethical position supported by narrative cliches like dramatic music is frustrating. That the ethical position being imposed may be "right" or "correct" doesn't change the fact that it is being imposed.
Seeing the trailer one would suppose you would be in for a self-important, Oscar-baiting, manipulative 'man overcomes the horrors of war' films....and you would be right. Firth and Kidman both fail to register here besides game tries and only Hiroyaku Sanada seems to give a performance of note. Film clips along fast enough but only reminds us of better films.
An unflinching, compelling film about Eric Lomax's torture and his subsequent PTSD is sadly bookended by a badly written, poorly acted, needlessly fictional thriller plot. Also, while Irvine and Firth are both fine actors, it is odd that they didn't adopt Scottish accents for the part of younger and older Lomax.