23 Oct 2014

WATCHING: Before I Go To Sleep

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Lately there have been a lot of new releases in the cinema that are based on books I've really enjoyed. Sadly, I've not had time to see a lot of these so am patiently waiting for the DVD releases (please hurry up!) however I have managed to catch one of these much awaited movies - Before I Go To Sleep.

"A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her."

Before I Go To Sleep first appeared as a novel by S.J. Watson a few years ago and I always remember it as being one of the first books I ever read on a Kindle. The book was definitely a great read, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reading engrossed the whole way through. I'd say the film was pretty much the same.

The film stars some pretty big names such as Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth which was a casting choice I hadn't really expected. I mostly know Colin Firth from the Bridget Jone's franchise so it was a bit odd to see him in something darker however he certainly played the part well. Despite knowing the outcome having read the book first the film still left me wondering if I really did know what path the story would take. It's definitely a thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat, it was a bit scarier than I had anticipated but really enjoyable.

With film adaptations there is always the niggling worry if it will live up to the standard set by the book but for a change this definitely did. Despite my original reservations I kind of loved this film. I'm not sure if I was just stupidly excited by the prospect of being in the cinema again but my heart was racing while watching this - every little noise was making me jump. My nerves probably weren't helped by the fact that the trailer for Annabel was shown beforehand which looks like the most ridiculously frightening film ever.

If you're struggling to choose a film to watch, or even a book to read, I'd recommend Before I Go To Sleep in a heartbeat.

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