What do you get when you put two terrific actors together? The easy answer is, one fantastic movie!
I recently watched Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman & Colin Firth. I normally wouldn't choose to watch a R-rated movie, but the combination of those two actors simply would not let me pass it by. I was completely spellbound from the first minute of the show.
The movie contains violence, but I found it easy enough to look away without losing the cohesion of the plot. This is one of the few R rated movies that I can say I would recommend it in spite of the nudity, sexual content, foul language, violence, and uneasy viewing moments.
I am, once again, quite impressed with Colin Firth's ability to play such an emotional part, as well as, Nicole Kidman's excellent acting talent. It is impossible for me to say which one should be given the highest praise.
Before I Go to Sleep Synopsis
Christine, Nicole Kidman, wakes up every morning in bed with a man she doesn't know. Every morning, Ben has to explain to his wife that she was in an terrible accident that causes her to lose all memory while she sleeps.
Before I Go To SleepDuring the day, Christine is completely capable of following everything, reading, remembering whatever she is told, and the actions she takes during the day. But, the following day, it is all gone again.
As the story unfolds, she understand why she might prefer to stay oblivious to the past. Ben gently walks her through events of the past, and sometimes that proves to be very hard on him. After all, it means he must relive tragedy repeatedly.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Christine has sought help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Nasch. He calls her every morning after Ben goes to work and gives her instructions on exactly how to find a video diary that she has been keeping for herself. As she watches herself in the videos, she daily learns from herself what happened on previous days. This allows her to rebuild a short memory so she can hopefully regain all memory.
What she remembers though, is not only life changing, but life threatening.
If you love a suspense movie that keeps you guessing, hoping, wondering, thinking you have it all figured out until it throws you right back into questioning, then you will love this movie!
No doubt, you will also have a greater appreciation for excellent actors
who can make you believe anything.
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