Movie Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Christine is a forty year old amnesiac who wakes up remembering nothing about her life with a man she never recognizes. Every morning he tells her that he is her husband and that ten years ago she had a car accident that left her with an impaired memory. One day, Nicole receives a phone call from Dr. Nasch, who tells her that they’d been seeing each other for several weeks to help regain her memory. He tells her she’s been keeping a video diary about herself and tells her where she’s hidden it, hoping that her diary will help her get her memory back. As she becomes more aware of her surroundings, Christine begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems and that her husband Ben is hiding something from her, something so dangerous that he might kill her to keep it from being discovered.

It’s been a while since a movie featuring an amnesiac has been produced, so I was interested in watching Before I Go to Sleep, especially when it has Nicole Kidman playing the lead. The movie was suspenseful and kept you at the edge of your seat. It became a little predictable at the end, as many movies have tried to play on memory loss before, but overall, I found the movie to be intriguing. I was a little skeptical about the whole memory loss thing, so I went online and discovered that such a traumatic memory loss does happen to people and that there are various ways of helping the patient who is suffering. Being a writer and avid reader myself, I could see how having such a medical problem would be something that any writer or movie producer would love to play on, especially in a scenario where the victim’s family might be trying to kill them.

I realize that Before I Go to Sleep is based on a book by the same name by S.J. Watson, but after having seen the movie, I’m not sure if I want to go back and try to read the book. I tried reading the book once before and it didn’t grip me as well as I’d hoped. Seeing the movie helped me grasp the major plot lines without having to delve any deeper into the movie.

I wouldn’t consider watching the movie again, but it’s a movie worth watching just once to see what the hype is all about and especially if you’re not the one to read the book.

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