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Before I Go to Sleep: Counting turkeys 

Rating: *1/2

STARS Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth

Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep (Photo: Clarius)
  • Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep (Photo: Clarius)

If John Wick can be described as The Equalizer for dummies, then Before I Go to Sleep should be tagged as Memento for the brain-dead. Based on S.J. Watson's bestselling novel (I haven't read it, but surely it's better than this adaptation), the film stars Nicole Kidman as Christine, whose brutal beating a decade earlier has left her unable to retain memories from day to day. Hence, every morning when she awakens, she has no recollections of anything, least of all the husband (Colin Firth) who shares her bed. Her doctor (Mark Strong) has given her a camera to serve as a visual diary, but her precarious state leaves her constantly afraid and unsure of which man to trust.

Before I Go to Sleep is the sort of film that's almost impossible to review, because to do so would require pointing out all the myriad plotholes that turn the second half into cinematic Swiss cheese, and to point these out would force this review to completely devolve into SPOILER ALERTS ad nauseam. Let's just say that while Christine can't trust the men in her life, trust me when I state that fans of thrillers can do much better than settling for this illogical and unpleasant piffle that's ultimately no more clever than a 10-year-old boy with a penchant for making armpit noises.

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Before I Go to Sleep
Rated R · 2014
Director: Rowan Joffe
Writer: Rowan Joffe
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Anne-Marie Duff, Deborah Rosan, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jing Lusi and Christopher Cowlin


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