Title: Before I go to Sleep
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Writers: Rowan Joffe (Screenplay) S. J. Watson (Novel)
Synopsis: 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.
I read this book a while ago so it’s not really that fresh in my mind but I really liked it. I rated it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads before my days of this blog. The movie was somewhat slow and the climax is never really high. I suppose it’s hard when your cast is almost literally 3 people. And the main character is alone with her thoughts a lot.
The story focuses around Christine, a woman who wakes up everyday thinking she is young to find out that many years has passed and she’s now married. She starts visiting with a doctor who let’s her start a video diary. She keeps this from her husband because he insists that she has tried therapy in the past but it never works. Now because of the diary she can “remember” things that happen from one day to another and so there is some continuity to her life she never had before. She starts questioning inconsistencies and wanting to know about her past more than ever before. But the secrets just keep getting bigger.
How it compares to the Novel
I think the problem with having a small casts is that sometimes it gets rather boring. In the book, you are constantly in Christine’s thoughts. You understand how she feels and her fears and her hopes but it just doesn’t come across that well in the movie.
Here are some differences between the book and the movie that I noted. This is by no means an all-inclusive list.View Spoiler »Christine doesn’t have a video diary but an actual, written one. This is a change I think is totally acceptable because it would have been even more boring to hear her read out her entries. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »There was more backstory about her attack in the book. Christine starts remembering more about the time leading up to her attack. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »Adam is actually a grown man with a girlfriend and not a boy. Changing this doesn’t really impact the story as much. « Hide Spoiler
Although the movie was less interesting than the novel. I did enjoy it overall as a movie. It’s different from all the action driven movies coming out of late. And the twist is definitely not obvious.