Nothing memorable about ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

October 30, 2014 10:27 PM

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Nothing memorable about ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

In the opening scene of “Before I Go to Sleep,” Roland Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller, Christine (Nicole Kidman) wakes up in bed next to a stranger (Colin Firth) with no memory of how she got there. She glances at her hands, and instead of the dewy digits of the 25-year-old she thinks she is, she sees what looks like the battered mitts of a retired oyster shucker. She stumbles into the bathroom and stares into the mirror, and is probably relieved to see that otherwise she still appears as youthful as, well, Nicole Kidman.

She is suffering from an advanced case of contrived plot amnesia, with complications of inverse Groundhog Day syndrome and acute Mementoitis. In other words, she wakes up each morning having forgotten the previous 15 years, and has to be told once more by the man in the bed next to her that he is Be...

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