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.
Keira Knightley's society girl falls in love with James McAvoy's intelligent, but working class, character. They have a very brief affair before younger sister, Briony, makes up all sorts of stories about him. The plot continues into the second world war and is quite moving but also brutal at times. The denouement, with Vanessa Redgrave playing an elderly Briony, is absolutely stunning.
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Some of the UK's finest on top form
- 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.
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3 Outstanding Female Performances
- Atonement review by TB
A young teenage girl misunderstands things and only years later she finally understands what her doing has caused. Briony is played by 3 actresses and what performances - worth watching just for this reason.
Both my husband & I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. Acting was totally believable. After the film had finished it left us thinking what a twisty turny life we live, which can change in a moment by either a left or right turn. Brilliant, rent it!
This moving film cleverly weaves fact with fiction. There are fine performances from the leading actors and some atmospheric scenes. Although the pace of the film appears slow to begin with, it carries a sense of impending doom, builds the tension effectively, and remains entirely credible. It works beautifully.
great film on all aspects, will be buying the book & the blu ray as it was that good i would like to watch it again unlike other films which once you've seen it you don't care wether or not you see it again.