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Published October 17th 2014
Who can she trust ?
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A woman awakens next to a man she seems not to know. Slightly alarmed she lifts his arms off her then quietly creeps into the bathroom only to be faced with a wall filled with a sea of photographs of this man in the bed. It looks like they are married. Surprised, she comes out furtively to check on him again only to find him sitting at the foot of the bed waiting for her.

He explains that he is her husband Ben Lucas (Colin Firth) and that she is Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) his wife who is 40 years old. She has suffered memory loss due to a traumatic accident and each night she goes to bed everything is erased from her memory and so begins the routine again the next day. She has little choice but to believe what she is told.

As soon as he leaves for work, she gets a phone call. It's Doctor Nash (Mark Strong) who is working with her on some memory exercises. He tells her to go to a cardboard box in her cupboard and there she will find a camera they have been using to record her day. He also tells her he doesn't think Ben is aware of their meetings or the fact that they are working on her memory. He fills in some of the gaps by telling her she was badly beaten up and was found on an industrial site. This leaves her wondering who could possibly want to hurt her or kill her and thus spawns the beginnings of mistrust in those around her.

The acting chops of the three main stars are strong. Nicole Kidman plays the vulnerable wife very well, bravely facing the camera with no make up to strengthen the illusion she is an everyday regular woman. Colin Firth is as always, in the zone. However, his role is not as large and it is Nicole Kidman we see more of in front of the camera. Mark Strong is in the same boat as Colin and has the least screen time.

For me, in spite of the good portrayals from the actors, this film is sadly lacking and I would give it a 5 out of 10. The condensed trailer is far more exciting and is a good representation of how the film should be. It fails to thrill and it does not quite gel as a mystery either. It was pretty lack lustre and disconnected and I was rather disappointed. The story is flimsy with not a lot of depth to it. The only time I stood up and took notice was when something totally unexpected happened and it happens with a big bang and leaves you reeling with astonishment. For me that was the best part; the surprise, the unexpected. You'll know the part I'm talking about when you go and see it.

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Why? A movie about a woman whose memory is erased each day when she goes to bed
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
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