Amnesia has never been so scary

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Christine (Nicole Kidman) suffers severe amnesia and in order to keep up with her life she utilizes a video camera in order to track what she does with her life.
A Woman forgot who she is

By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

The idea of not being able to remember your previous day has to be one of the worst nightmares to live with.

“Before I Go to Sleep” bases its plot on this specific topic. Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) is a woman that wakes up every morning with no idea of who she is or what happened the previous day.

Due to an accident her brain was damaged, leading to a rare type of amnesia. Her husband Ben Lucas (Colin Firth) takes care of her every day and explains to her what the events of her life were up to this point.

The movie focuses a lot on the struggle that the protagonist has to face every day.

The whole house she lives in is covered in sticky notes that explain to her who people are and what the events in the pictures represent. Without the help of the sticky notes, she wouldn’t be able to connect the various dots in her life.

As the movie progresses, we find out that Christine has been receiving help from Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong) who is a psychologist.

He suggested that she should keep a video journal of her life in order to train her brain to remember.

He would then call her in the morning to remind her to watch the videos.

The suspenseful moments in the movie take time to build up but they are worth it because they deliver an interesting twist to the plot.

The movie tries multiple times to distract the audience with a topic while it’s working on another one at the same time. This way the audience wouldn’t expect the upcoming thrills.

The movie overall was well directed. Even though some scenes felt slightly repetitive due to the similar actions of the protagonist, the overall movie didn’t feel redundant at all.

Thanks to Dr. Nasch, Christine would wake up every morning and slowly find out more and more about her life and her mysterious husband Ben. The movie focuses on her achievements and her search for the truth.

It is pointed out multiple times throughout the movie that the truth not might be the best of news.

Throughout the first half of “Before I Go to Sleep”, Ben, Christine’s husband, remains a very mysterious character. Even though he is this charming and loving husband, while he is around Christine, he still has this sinister way of behaving.

The cast did a great job with their roles. Every character felt mysterious. The movie did well at projecting Christine’s fear to the audience. “Before I Go to Sleep” would make you wonder who she could trust and who she couldn’t.

This wasn’t part of just the first half of the movie but throughout the whole film it was never clear what each character’s intentions were. The movie delivered a great sensation of thrills. The suspense in it was good but it felt like it could have been improved. On the other hand the plot twists were well placed and delivered.

Raffaele Fusulan is the A&E editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by