‘Before I Go to Sleep’ wows as a suspenseful thriller

Promotional poster for Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

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Promotional poster for Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

Argeen Ghazarian, Staff Writer/ Film

Before I Go to Sleep is an unexpectedly surprising film with some intense scenes and a huge plot-twist. It is very unbelievable that a film with as small as a budget as this one could be this great.

Starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, Before I Go to Sleep had great potential to succeed as one of 2014’s best movies. This marks the second time Kidman and Firth have worked together in a movie; the first was in The Railway Man. Unfortunately, lack of advertising caused this movie to only make a couple million dollars since it was released Oct. 31.

Low-budget films tend to be less thought out and portrayed poorly. However, Before I Go to Sleep is the complete opposite. The writers and producers obviously worked hard to push this production through as a psychological puzzle, and they make it work despite not having a huge budget.

Not many movies are able to keep audiences on the edge of their seats; however, this one does just that. The movie challenges one’s mind and makes it so that one has to focus clearly to understand what is going on. As soon your mind can is wrap itself around a concept, everything changes.

The movie challenges one’s mind and makes it so that one has to focus clearly to understand what is going on. As soon your mind can is wrap itself around a concept, everything changes.”

— Argeen Ghazarian

When everything becomes clear, Rowan Joffe, the director, hits us, the audience, with the biggest plot-twist we have ever experienced. This particular plot-twist causes goosebumps and creates shock. It is hard to get chills during a movie, but this one is able to get the job done as easy as 1-2-3.

The confusion adds on to the mystery and suspense which ultimately helps the movie be more captivating. This is a movie that could be watched again, over and over again without any complaints.

Aside from the brilliant plot-twist and superb acting, Kidman and Firth are what completes this movie. The relationship they share between one another is breathtaking.

In the movie, the characters of Kidman and Firth are not so close, even though they are married, because Christene (Kidman) has amnesia and cannot remember who Firth is. But as the movie goes on, they gradually become closer. Firth plays his role so well that when his character is in despair at the fact that his wife cannot remember who he is, it is believable that Firth is genuinely heartbroken.

Every aspect of this movie is marvelous. Before I Go to Sleep is the second movie of 2014 that legitimately messes with a person’s head, the first was Gone Girl. Those who enjoyed Gone Girl, will most likely fall in love with Before I Go to Sleep; it’s worth giving it a shot.