Written and directed by Rowan Joffe and based on a novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep centres on a woman, Christine (Nicole Kidman), who wakes up every day without any memory as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. With the daily help of her husband Ben (Colin Firth) and confidant Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), who work separately with Christine to help her piece together her past, a new terrifying truth emerges that forces her to question everyone around her.
Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth make a brilliant combination, so I was excited to see this thriller knowing that director Joffe had such a good original source to work from. Based on a New York Times best-seller, there’s a number of decent and unpredictable twists that keep the story going. I’m yet to read the book, though I have only heard excellent things, so I imagine that Before I Go To Sleep reads better than it does to see somebody’s interpretation of it on the big screen.
As an adaptation, the film comes across as quite similar to other films in its genre, but it does excel from its brilliant lead performances. Without giving too much away, it’s also good to see a change in character for Firth, but both lead performances are great and I really want to read the book after seeing this.
Before I Go To Sleep is set to be released on 12th January.