Updated: Jul 5, 2018
"You had an accident. It was a bad accident. You had head injuries. And you have problems remembering things." - Ben, Before I Go To Sleep
That line might sound cliche, and I maybe a couple years late, but this movie had me stressed. HONEY CHILD, LET ME TELL YOU!
Christine Lucas(Nicole Kidman) wakes up with any recollection of who she is or where she is. Her caretaker is her husband, Ben(Colin Firth), tells her that she was in a car accident ten years earlier and now for some reason every morning she wakes up with no memory of her life, not even the day before. Dr. Nasch(Mark Strong), her neurologist, tells her to record her thoughts and progress each day and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. But, the more she reminds herself of yesterday's events, the more tomorrow’s events look more sinister.
She might not be able to remember anything, but she still got a good head on her shoulders. And, I'm starting to question if my “suspense-solving” skills are starting to wear off because I didn’t see the end coming for some reason.
The plot is killer. Listen, I know the whole amnesia thing is a cliché, but they pulled this off seamlessly.
They give you just enough characters and character development to keep you guessing who it is. It's one of those movies that makes you suspicious of everybody, and when the “killer” is finally revealed, it catches you way off guard.
There’s this scene where she is running from “this man,(won't say who for spoiler's sake)” and I'm like, “good lord, she about to die! Someone come save this girl!” However, the way they end up twisting the scene, it sets the movie down a whole other course of action that makes the events leading up to the ending even crazier. You really can't trust Christine as an accurate narrator.
I loved the estranged best friend character, Claire(Anne-Marie Duff). Her presence quickly becomes a source of contention, and she gives enough information to help Christine put things together but not give the whole thing away to the audience.
But, I have a small gripe with Christine. She maybe can’t remember anything after she goes to sleep, but there are times when she just a little stupid. Like, from a writers perspective, I understand they trying to clue us in that we can’t exactly trust her as credible but a source, but they shaved off a couple of IQ points.
Then again, it is a “scary” movie, so she is going to be suffering from SMS, “scary movie stupidity.”
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
Don’t even get me started on how wild of a ride this is. See it, before you forget!