Character exploration of PTSD-suffering war vets as well as studies of mental illness and masculinity is a topic that has been well tread in film. But the topic is so rich and important that it warrants such attention. Rarely is it explored in the context of WW2 (Last years The Master being one of the few exceptions) and even rarer is it explored in the context of the Pacific Front. The recently released second trailer for Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man looks to explore those issues from an exciting persepective, as Eric Lomax (played by Colin Firth) sets out to find the soldiers responsible for his torture on the Death Railway.

Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Stellan Skarsgard look to turn in strong performances as per usual. The cinematography and set locations look fantastic as well. Unless the script completely falls flat on its face, this should be an emotional journey and a definite award contender.

The Railway Man is directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, and Hiroyuki Sanada. It hits theaters December 26, 2013.

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