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Atonement

Featuring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy & Romola Garai

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Watching this, hurt.

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This has to be one of the most powerfully emotive endings to a movie i have ever experienced. i cried a lot.

Although a slow start, this film gradually takes off, much the same as McAvoy & Knightley's relationship! This films slowly and unconsciously sucked me in. Although truly captivated, before the ending i was fully expecting a happy and predictable ending... AND THEN BASH.

This film made me realise the deep dark realities the past and present wars have caused. In films you are generally uplifted with the happy endings, but what if those happy endings don't exist? what if they never happen? I would imagine most people never had their happy ending during this time, and so it pains me to accept it, this film i think, is a true reflection and representation of couples who never saw each other again, when they never had their hopes materialise after they (like in the film for example) left their partner when the bus came to part them their separate ways, forever.

Not forgetting, also, the torturous punishments McAvoy had to experience for a crime he did not and never would commit before finally being reunited with his companion. The depressive and destructive undercurrent war brings is clearly expressed through the performance of the actors.

Knightley & McAvoy were in my opinion, tremendous! Well done to them.

  Very good - Great lighting and good twists

| | See all Gristosity111's reviews (26)

Starting off slow, this soon develops into something very much watchable, and soon you want to know what happens next. Joe Wright did a very good job, aswell as James Mcavoy, who was very convincing as a well spoken Englishman. Not fantastic or a classic - though you will think at the end - "Ohh, that was very good", simply because of its little twists.

  Joe Wright is amazing

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Joe Wright does an amazing job with this film, sticking amazingly close to the books, and doing it justice. As the Mirror said, it is as close to perfect as a film can get.
The severity of scenes is fantastically done, and the subtle changes in lighting or camera movement brilliantly reveals the characters state of mind. I think that James MacAvoy and Keira Knightly do an excellent job of playing Robbie and Cecilia, and the three actresses that play Briony are brill.

This film isn't just a simple story of a tragic romance, it is about why we tell stories, the lies behind them. I would recommend this to anyone, however females do "tend" to enjoy this more. The whole story is a brilliant consept and excellently captured. I can guarantee you will not be able to draw yourself away from this tale of love, war and lies, and trying to "Atone" for the terrible thing that was committed.

  Fantastic plot

| | See all inisbeag91's reviews (503)

This is up there with all those great love stories (gone with the wind, english patient, dr zhivago etc). I just loved it from start to finish. I personally really felt sorry for briony and although the ending was good, i didn't like it. What amazes me is that it was virtually ignored when the oscars came around. I recommend this to anyone who like the films i mentioned earlier

  worth a watch

| | See all Helennah's reviews (24)

i watched this at my friends house, and im a fan of keira knightley, but i didnt think i was going to enjoy it, but i did! although i had to watch it again to get my head around it without the distractions of other people...but i think it was really good, loved the twists too!

  Fantastic

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Brilliant romance film, great plot. Amazing emotional ending. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy were stunning in their roles.

  Boring and ponderous

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Having read all the ( mainly ) glowing reviews about this film I felt I had to see it in the cinema rather than on a television set and am I glad I did - at least I only wasted a third of the money I would otherwise have spent on buying the DVD. Expecting a rollercoaster ride of emotion, passion and excitement, it was more like a ride on a canal barge but not so exciting ( no disrespect implied or intended to canal barge devotees ). I've only ever once walked out of the cinema before the end of a film ( Pulp Fiction ) but this came extremely close to being the second. As for needing a box of tissues, all I needed was a hand to stifle the yawns. The only redeeming thing about this film was the superb photography and recreation of 1930's Britain. Don't waste your money on this DVD, wait until it's shown on the box and judge for yourselves.

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  I hated this film, it was disjointed

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What could have been a very good story was ruined by the constant leaping from one time period to another and often in reverse order. James McAvoy was very good and Keira Knightley was right for her part but I cannot understand the other reviews saying it was brilliant, it was not.

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  Oh My God

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This film is brilliant. Didnt see the ending happening like it did, i wana watch it over and over again

  breathtaking

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As a teenager, i suppose im not meant to enjoy this film but i dragged my boyfriend to the pictures and both of us were so moved by it we bought it the second it was released! The storyline sort of jumps about abit, but you dont get confused at all. It explains the plot from all aspects and perceptions so you fully understand and can make oyur own judgement, what would you have done? I must admit i shed a tear, the ending is the most beautiful of any film i have seen in a long time!