I wanted to give you an update on my listing of what I consider to be very good movies about war. My original post is here War and Peace and other Rubbish, so I don’t have to rewrite.
The movie I want to add is The Railway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The Railway Man is the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Military engineer captured in the fall of Singapore at the beginning of WWII. The story deals with healing of the wounds that war causes for all who pursue it. Lomax is taken to help build the infamous Thai-Burmese railroad of which the bridge over the river Kwai is part. He and is fellow soldiers are terribly mistreated, but the worst is yet to come for Lomax. When a radio he used to get information from the outside world is found, Eric is severely beaten and subject to repeated torture including waterboarding.
The trauma of his wartime life leaves him scarred and unable to return to a normal living until he meets his wife on a train trip. The struggles Eric and Patti Lomax have trying to create a home lead Eric to a confrontation with the Japanese interpreter who was present through his torture sessions. I don’t want to give away ending, but it is, in my earnest opinion, one of the most important truths to learn about war. People let be done or do the most despicable things in the name of causes espoused by others. Movies like this should be required as part of world history in every country.