Rent Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

3.2 of 5 from 812 ratings
1h 28min
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Synopsis:
Christine (Nicole Kidman) wakes up next to a man (Colin Firth) she does not recognise. Panic stricken, he slowly explains that he is her husband, and that she suffered a terrible accident that has given her amnesia. Every morning, Christine wakes up a stranger, and every night her memories fade into nothing. With the help of Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), Christine is trying to regain her memory. That is, until one day, when new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her, and what really happened to her on the day of her accident...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Mark Gill, Avi Lerner
Writers:
Rowan Joffe, S.J. Watson
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/01/2015
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Director Rowan Joffe
  • Interview with Nicole Kidman Directors
  • UK: Q&A with Rowan Joffe moderated by Kevin Macdonald
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/01/2015
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Director Rowan Joffe
  • Interview with Nicole Kidman Directors
  • UK: Q&A with Rowan Joffe moderated by Kevin Macdonald

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Reviews (8) of Before I Go to Sleep

Whodunnit. - Before I Go to Sleep review by JD

Spoiler Alert
09/06/2015

Every morning Nicole Kidman wakes to remember nothing. Her husband gives her a quick tutorial on her life before going to work. Almost from the start there is an air of paranoia and suspicion. As the plot progresses suspicion moves around. With a "Groundhog Day" repetition but with a slow movement towards discovering the truth. I found it interesting with a sufficiently unguessable plot and good acting. Some scenes are pretty intense. One other reviewer describes it as an airport thriller. I would not entirely disagree but I was only glad for the end in order to discover the truth behind her amnesia.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

can't talk about it too much - Before I Go to Sleep review by TJ

Spoiler Alert
19/01/2015

I loved this film. As someone who enjoys films that make use of your grey matter, I found it compelling. The only problem is I can't tell you too much about it because it would spoil the reveal...

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Mediocre and unbelievable B-movie thriller - Before I Go to Sleep review by PV

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2015

This film reminded me of the cheapo airport thrillers and especially the sort of thing that was popular in the 50s and 60s - and the credits at the end reveal it's based on a novel by a pretty much unknown writer. I suspect they got the big acting talent on board by having Ridley Scott as Exec Producer - but really, this is a B movie pretending to be a top feature, It's not. it's a B movie.

Very silly really, and this film also manages to be utterly irritating and annoying at several points. The main character is a pain.

I found a lot of it pretty predictable. Those who enjoy a good love story/sob story will like it, no doubt. Me, I was glad when it finished - and despite the fact it's only 88 minutes, it felt MUCH longer.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Before I Go to Sleep review by Michelle Sommerville - Cinema Paradiso

There’s a collective wince every time a novel is adapted into a film, with the literary fans protective of the work. Before I Go To Sleep - starring well-known Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth - is based on the novel of the same name, and is sure to continue the novel-versus-film debate.

The topic of ‘amnesia’ has been done so many times before, and is a good story element that allows the audience to learn about the world they’re entering as the lead character does. This is only good if done right, but the film needs to also have character progression, and in a film like this, proper grasp of the ‘thriller’ genre.

Before I Go To Sleep follows Christine (Kidman), who awakens every morning with no memory of the last number of years. Her husband (Firth) dutifully tries to calm her, and explain to her about the accident that caused her injury. It is only when Christine begins to remember things contrary to her husband’s retelling, that she no longer knows who she can trust. Was she involved in an accident, or something more sinister? Is her doctor really there to help her? And is her husband the caring spouse he claims to be?

Sometimes you can quite easily classify a film as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But then there are times when it’s not so black and white, and instead a rather unsatisfactory shade of grey. Unfortunately, this is where this film sits.

Kidman and Firth have been in the film industry for many years, and have shown that they can handle the pressure of feature films. Both have also had their fair share of mixed reviews. For Firth, his characters are usually popular, charming, gentlemen who makes women’s knees weak. This role is quite interesting for him, and he manages to play it very well. Kidman is also doing well in this darker genre, as she was in The Others.

There are some plot holes and character progression issues. These are all carried over from the novel, but still should have been fixed in the scripting process. In regards to the story, picking a topic like ‘amnesia’ has been done so many times before, and this film then needs to be as good as those that have come before it. Memento was, and still remains, quite popular. Unfortunately, I don’t see Before I Go To Sleep as being as successful.

For the last few years, cinemas worldwide have been overrun by superhero films with out-of-this-world story lines, explosions, and extensive visual effects. It is good to see a genuine thriller film among the titles, and, however loosely, holding its own.

Critic reviews have also shown a mixed response, with the most common complaint being that the film’s action is too slow to be truly engaging.

This film had promise and good moments, but falls short in more ways. It is clear how these actors have progressed and will be interesting to see how they continue into the future.

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