Release Date: October 31, 2014
Studio: Clarius Entertainment
Director: Rowan Joffe
Screenwriter: Rowan Joffe
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Amnesia, as the old saying goes, is a motherf#$%er. If you don’t believe me just ask Nicole Kidman’s character, Christine, in the film Before I go to Sleep. She was attacked by someone ten years earlier and now everyday she wakes up thinking shes in her early twenties with her whole life ahead of her. She begins seeing a psycho therapist and he has her keep a video diary of what she finds out about herself each day to remind her of who she is as they try to repair her mind. But, every step closer to recovery takes her one step closer to the truth and the truth could be deadly.
Honestly I liked the performances in the movie. Kidman portrayed the myriad of emotions her character ran through pretty well. Mark Strong was his normal reliable self with his performance. I just don’t think the role allowed for him to be utilized to the best of his abilities. Colin Firth was pretty damn great. He delivered the performance of the film. The weakness I believe lies in the material. The script was kind of weak and it made the movie feel empty to me. Sure, you are kind of wondering who Christine can really trust but it all kind of felt like a big budget Lifetime movie.
All in all I don’t believe I’d recommend this picture to anyone really. It was just OK. The sense of suspense and the performances are not enough of a positive to counter the lack of good scripts’ negative.