Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Crompton, Eddison Tollett

Before I Go to Sleep [Mild Spoilers]: after severe head injuries a woman wakes up every day with a blank memory and has to piece the last ten years back together. The biggest boob is that this is a super-tight three-hander, about one of the people, so there’s only two potential characters you can’t trust, and one can be ruled out fairly quickly, which makes the majority of the film – especially the ending – a bit of a damp squib. Despite a couple of short pieces of tension the film takes its time, and the story warms up very slowly. The whole project has a feel of being entirely driven by Firth & Kidman (and Strong) – if this was 3 unknowns nobody would have touched this. All three actors are solid, but Kidman‘s on top, looking dowdy and showing a better range than usual. Firth also gets to flex his muscles, and does well with what he’s given – which is a testament to him more than the writing. Otherwise, and disappointingly, there isn’t a whole lot more to say about this other than it looks very televisual and drab, which doesn’t help either. Before I Go to Sleep is a fairly slow paced story, with a single twist that works well – but for the majority plays like a depressing version of 50 First Dates

Score: 4/10

Before I Go To Sleep 2 Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Crompton, Eddison Tollett

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2 comments
  1. Dan said:

    “A depressing version of 50 First Dates…” – I’ll give this a miss then!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s one of the few amnesia films that may have benefited from more Adam Sandler exposition.

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