I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) Review

Every morning Christine wakes up with no clue what has happened in the past 20 years. Her husband must tell her the same story every morning and try to help make her understand.

It takes quite a lot out of you to begin with as the days all merge into one as she tries to remember and goes through the same routine everyday. Along with a call from Dr. Nasch a psychiatrist who has tried to help Christine, along with recording each day’s findings on a camera to watch back so she can remember different things quicker.

It does well to keep you on edge at times and guessing who actually was involved in the accident which lead to the memory loss for Christine. As we quickly see that it was not a car crash like “Ben” her husband claimed. If he is indeed Ben. That is something that does not feel right at all from the start.

Each day she has flashbacks as well to different memories and people who she must have known in the past. Claire is someone who is brought up quite a few times. When confronting “Ben” about different things his answers don’t always seem to add up and he gets creepier as the story goes on. But you doubt Dr. Nasch as well, because if Ben does not know about him how was that possible?

It does have a pretty decent twist at the end in what actually happened, but it did link to probably the very first flashback about her accident. But on the whole some of the moments are predictable and nothing we haven’t seen on-screen before. I think the performances keep you interested in Kidman, Firth and Strong that is a good strength of cast. Baring in mind that is nearly the whole cast with the exception of three more characters anyone else is just an extra.

I like that type of film as it just shows that you don’t need to have a massive amount of characters for a story to work. It does make you wonder how it must be to deal with waking up and not knowing anything about yourself past a certain date. Imagine being 40 years old and still thinking your 20!

It is a bit of a different style of role for Firth and he just show some good range taking on that character. As always Strong in a supporting role is fantastic, honestly he is such an underrated actor always gets it spot on. Kidman while I am not her biggest fan is good at holding a film on her own at times and puts in a very steady performance.


13 responses

  1. Like you, I am not a Nicole Kidman fan but she is very good in this. I enjoyed your review.

    June 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks! Yeah just something about her stops me from being a fan, but appreciate she is a very good actress.

      June 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

  2. Read the book but not seen the film. Looks a solid film. Nice review.

    June 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks. Can’t compare to the book but as usual heard that was a lot better.

      June 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  3. Nice review. I watched the movie recently and actually was very intrigued by the story although I have to agree that some parts you can predict easily.

    June 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    • Caz

      Glad you enjoyed it! It certainly did try very hard to shock at times.

      June 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  4. Looks all right. I like the players so will have to catch this at some point. Great review!

    June 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah I mean can’t go wrong with the three actors in the film. Worth a watch.

      June 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

  5. I saw this movie recently and mainly wanted to see it because I had read the book. It wasn’t a horrible attempt, but I was a bit disappointed because the movie seemed to erase all the suspense that the book had created.

    Also, Mark Strong’s character was supposed to be much younger.

    June 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    • Caz

      Wasn’t Kidman’s character supposed to be older as well?

      June 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      • Yeah, but at least she was still in the “middle-aged” bracket. The doctor was supposed to be a really young guy, so the “romance” between he and she would have been much different had they kept it.

        June 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

  6. Jay

    This one was literally forgettable for me but i do love Colin!

    June 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah it was a very strange film. A very different type of role for Colin, don’t like him as a bad guy lol

      June 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

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