Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Directed By: Rowan Joffe
Do NOT go to the IMDB page for this film before the movie. It is so spoilery. I know critics hated this movie, but really… I don’t know why. It’s a smart thriller that probably shouldn’t have had a happy ending, but it does. Hey, you can’t always get what you want.
It’s a decent thriller with some twists I didn’t see coming. Nowadays it’s so hard to have a twist you didn’t see coming, or wasn’t in the trailer. I can honestly say I only predicted about half of the twist of the film, and the other half I didn’t. So, kudos there for crafting a good story.
And there’s three likeable actors here. Each one of them has been better and in better movies, of course, but this should not be viewed as a blemish on their resumes either. Without getting too spoilery, I felt it was a different type of role for Colin Firth than what we’re used to seeing him play, which is both good and bad. It’s good because he gets to stretch himself, and bad because he’s not entirely believable. Colin Firth is like a cuddly teddy bear. Suggesting he might be a bad guy is like trying to convince me that somehow the next Paul Blart movie won’t suck. It’s just not possible.
Strong ends up being underutilized, so it’s really Kidman who gets a fully fleshed out role. Before I Go To Sleep amounts to being a solid story, executed fairly well, with characters that could have been written better, performed adequately by their actors. It’s on Netflix, and if you’re looking for a twisty thriller, there are much worse options.
FINAL GRADE: B-