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Before I Go to Sleep

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for some brutal violence and language.

Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Mystery Psychological Thriller Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 31, 2014 (wide—1,700+ theaters)
DVD: January 27, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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anterograde amnesia / short term memory loss


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lies and false identities

searching for the truth

loss of a child

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husband wife relationships

infidelity / adultery

divorce in the Bible

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE—Under what conditions may Christians divorce and remarry? Answer

Featuring: Nicole KidmanChristine
Colin FirthMike
Mark StrongDr. Nasch
Ben Crompton … Warehouse Caretaker
Anne-Marie Duff … Claire
Adam Levy … Ben
Gabriel Strong … Boy on Bike
Flynn MacArthur … Boy in Dream
Dean-Charles Chapman … Adam
Director: Rowan Joffe
Producer: Clarius Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
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Distributor: Clarius Entertainment

What if everything you’ve been told about your life is a lie?

“Before I Go to Sleep” stars Nicole Kidman as Christine Lucus, an amnesiac. 14 years ago she was attacked for reasons unknown to her. Ever since, every night she goes to sleep and wakes up and remembers nothing about the last 14 years. She must rely on her husband (Colin Firth) to tell her about her own past. Recently, Christine enlisted the help of a neurologist (Mark Strong). He has instructed her to keep a video diary to aid in her remembering. He tells her to do this without her husband’s knowledge. This deeply woven tapestry or an introduction knits its way to a highly suspenseful thriller.

Let us start with the acting. All three principal roles are well portrayed and could be identified with. However, all these positive aspects couldn’t sustain the plot to its conclusion.

Now to objectionable content, there is quite a bit. Violence and blood are shown, as in the cause of Christine’s condition. There is graphic nudity and aggressive sexual behavior shown. There are a few swears and a couple of blasphemies.

As for a biblical perspective, the film begs the question, who can you trust. Or for Christians, who should we put our trust in. We, as fallen creatures have a tendency of placing our trust in man and man’s ideas, rather than the unwavering Creator. He is faithful, and his faithfulness warrants our trust.

Now for a recommendation. I do not want to give anything away, but the ending leaves a lot to be desired. The build up is appealing, but the plot, overall, is a disappointment.

Violence: Moderate to Heavy / Profanity: Heavy—Jesus (1), God (2), f-words (4), s-words (4), “pr*ck” (1) / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy

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