'Before I Go To Sleep' Is An Amnesia Thriller You'll Hope To Forget

October 31, 2014 10:04 AM

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'Before I Go To Sleep' Is An Amnesia Thriller You'll Hope To Forget

The bloodshot eyeball that opens to greet a brand-new day — and I mean brand-new day — in the thriller Before I Go To Sleep belongs to wealthy English homemaker Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman). Christine suffers from psychogenic amnesia, the fright-moviemaker's best friend. She can store memories during the day, but they reliably vanish overnight, marooning poor Christine in what is either a hapless attempt to upstage Memento or a remake of Groundhog Day in noir.

Unlike Bill Murray's sour weatherman — and because she's, you know, a girl — Christine is 100 percent victim, staggering through life armed only with whispered queries and startled-bunny reaction shots. When she looks in the mirror, she sees a woman 10 years older than she believes herself to be.

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