Before I Go To Sleep

Movie:  Before I Go To Sleep

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) wakes up each morning wondering who the man in her bed is.  No, she’s not some trampy bimbo; she has a rare form of amnesia that prevents her from remembering anything that happened to her the day before.  She starts each day with a blank slate, and has to be briefed each morning by her husband Ben (Colin Firth), and then review a wall of photos and post-it notes to remind herself of the basic facts of her life.  This has been her routine since the accident in 1999 when she suffered a severe head trauma.   All in all, a really crappy kind of existence for Christine.

But there may be some hope for Christine.  Unbeknownst to her husband, Dr. Nash (Mark Strong) a psychiatrist, has been treating Christine to help her recover her memories.  Part of this therapy involves Christine secretly taping herself to try and preserve memories and play them back the next day.  Perhaps there is some hope for Christine; she begins to have some brief flashbacks, and nightmares that may be revealing repressed memories.

As a suspense film, this offering is not especially innovative.  Similar ground was trod a few years back with a better film called Memento with Guy Pearce.  Then of course there was the buffoonish movie Clean Slate with Dana Carvey that was played strictly for laughs.   Having said that, I cannot quibble with the cast.  Colin Firth and Mark Strong elevate this movie above the mediocre with their acting talent.  And there are the usual plot twists; maybe you can suss them out ahead of time.

Dialogue Nuggets:  “I can’t always handle everything; not every day!”

“Every day I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring, hoping it was you.”

“There’s a reason why he doesn’t talk about me.”

“You’ll never know how lucky you are to have Ben.”

“Is it really our wedding anniversary?”  “No, a different kind of anniversary.”



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