Through a series of catastrophic misunderstandings, Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) is accused of a crime he did not commit. This accusation destroys Robbie and Cecilia's (Keira Knightley) new found love and dramatically alters the course of their lives.
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- Atonement review by Kurtz
A faithful and visually stunning adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, featuring great performances by the two leads and a healthy dose of unreliable post-modern storytelling. It’s always watchable and beautifully acted right down the cast list, but its fractured narrative doesn’t always hang together- the Dunkirk sequence is mind-boggling, for example, but it doesn’t move the story on at all, and the terrible injustice meted out to McAvoy’s Robbie is really just a standard “toffs v.plebs” episode, with Benedict Cumberbatch literally twirling his moustache as the posh villain in the background. Minor gripes, though, because "Atonement" is a richly entertaining movie with a powerful emotional punch.