Rooting interest? How about interest, period? The feel-good status the film seems intent on achieving remains well out of reach.
The Railway Man is an earnest, intense drama about the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and the victim’s vengeful confrontation with his torturer half a century later.
If Rooney Mara isn’t quite as overwhelming and riveting as Noomi Rapace was in the Swedish version, she sure is close, delivering Oscar-caliber work in what turns out to be a taut, tense thriller.
Kenneth Branagh is not the artist you expect to find in the director’s chair when “Thor,” the epic fantasy about mortals and immortals, kicks off the big summer movie season.