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Written on: 25/08/2010 by reviewkitten (295 reviews written)
Atonement is an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. Set before the outbreak of World War II, the story follows the blossoming love between Knightly and MacAvoy that is cut short by the jealous accusation of Knightly's younger sister. The following narrative of two star crossed lovers being separated by the war and their struggle to survive is sweetly told with heart breaking moments on both sides as the war takes its toll.
The characters are well thought out and acted well by… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/10/2009 by Taylott (173 reviews written)
I've had Atonement on DVD for a while now, and finally got round to watching it. I was a bit sceptical at first as this isn't typical my kind of film, but I stuck it on anyway.
I have to say I'm glad i did. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. To be honest i had no idea what it was about, and if i had read the back of the DVD box first i would have probably not bothered.
The actors were fantastic telling a story of forbidden love and false accusations that spanned many years. The scenes were… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/03/2008 by degbert (120 reviews written)
Don't get me wrong, Atonement is a good film. It tells a very sad tale of deceit and forbidden love (on several levels) against a backdrop of Britain's entry into war in the 30's.
What starts off as a childhood infatuation (though we annoyingly only learn of this in flashback), gets horribly out of control and the lives of the two leads, Cecilia played by Knightly, and Robbie played by James MacAvoy, are thrown into disarray.
Events jump around and there's lots of flashbacks and jump-aheads… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/12/2007 by gabbyco (1 review written)
This is an excellent drama spanning a few decades and the consequence of jumping to conclusions and the damage this inflicts on a number of characters including the accuser who seeks to make her atonement towards the end of her life.
It's fab and it will thrill and move every inch of your emotions!
Thoroughly well made and a credit to the UK film industry… Read Full Review