Atonement

Atonement

Atonement
Already with Oscar buzz buzzing, is this Ian McEwan adaptation directed by Joe Wright (who did the good 'Pride & Prejudice' last year) and starring a superb cast.

In 1935, 13-year-old Briony misconstrues a flirtation between her older sister Cecilia (Knightley) and the housekeeper's son Robbie (MacAvoy). When her cousin gets raped, Briony lays the blame on poor Robbie. He gets sent off to prison just as World War II erupts, and the consequences of Briony's actions haunt the characters' lives throughout the conflict.
BAFTAs 08; Best Picture | Golden Globes 08; Best Drama Picture
2007Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language, Strong themes130 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

press

Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with “Atonement,” Brit helmer Joe Wright’s smart, dazzlingly upholstered adaptation of Ian McEwan’s celebrated 2001 novel. Period yarn, largely set in 1930s and ‘40s England, about an adolescent outburst of spite that destroys two lives and crumples a third, preserves much of the tome’s metaphysical depth and all of its emotional power. And as in Wright’s “Pride & Prejudice,” Keira Knightley -- echoed by co-thesp James McAvoy --proves every bit as magnetic as the divas of those classic mellers pic consciously references...

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Newshub

Newshub

press

Atonement is exquisitely shot. I just loved its pace, the use of sound to suck you in to that doomed hot English summer day and its use again to transition from scene to scene...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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An adaptation at least as good as the novel - complex, delicate and devastating. Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright’s assured direction, make this the first contender for next year’s Best Picture Oscar...

5.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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Atonement is a great big and unashamedly British epic. This is the film the poms scrimp and save their pennies for, only to blow the lot on one spectacularly competent piece of naked Oscar bait. The last time we saw this movie it was called The English Patient, and the time before that might have been Chariots of Fire. And fair enough too. Atonement really is pretty special, and actually deserves some of the tsunami of hype that is following it around the globe...

4.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Complex, fragile and devastating in its impact, this spellbinding film will doubtless inspire some tears but rises above the dismissive term "tear- jerker".

This is a love story for mature adults, as witnessed and brutally messed up by an immature child...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

press

Flourishes of 'hyper-reality' are grounded by sterling performances from Knightley (defined by a strong and elegantly poised backbone), Romola Garai as the 18-year-old Briony and, above all, James McAvoy. He exudes the essence of humanity in a truly soulful picture....

4.0
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This is a most intriguing film, using as it does two viewpoints ro create what could be called a tragedy of errors. The young woman with the imagination on full throttle who mistakes the meaning of her sister's interactions with the young gardener makes a decision to act in a way that impacts those around her in a way greater than she could ever imagine....

5.0
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Full credit to Ian McEwen's genius as this riveting tale unravels between scenes of a Victorian-like class estate and World War II beaches and hospitals. The smart cinematography, particularly the exceptional lighting, help add a lot of atmosphere to the film. Although Wright proceeds to get too flashy and melodramatic at times, and goes especially...

4.0
0

What happens when a childs accusation lands one in gaol and effectively destroys a family. Well acted and directed, but essential a womens movie really.

4.0
0

Excellent movie, acting was superb as was the visual effects. Havent read the book but sure wish I had now.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with “Atonement,” Brit helmer Joe Wright’s smart, dazzlingly upholstered adaptation of Ian McEwan’s celebrated 2001 novel. Period yarn, largely set in 1930s and ‘40s England, about an adolescent outburst of spite that destroys two lives and crumples a third, preserves much of the tome’s metaphysical depth and all of its emotional power. And as in Wright’s “Pride & Prejudice,” Keira Knightley -- echoed by co-thesp James McAvoy --proves every bit as magnetic as the divas of those classic mellers pic consciously references...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Atonement is exquisitely shot. I just loved its pace, the use of sound to suck you in to that doomed hot English summer day and its use again to transition from scene to scene...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An adaptation at least as good as the novel - complex, delicate and devastating. Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright’s assured direction, make this the first contender for next year’s Best Picture Oscar...

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Atonement is a great big and unashamedly British epic. This is the film the poms scrimp and save their pennies for, only to blow the lot on one spectacularly competent piece of naked Oscar bait. The last time we saw this movie it was called The English Patient, and the time before that might have been Chariots of Fire. And fair enough too. Atonement really is pretty special, and actually deserves some of the tsunami of hype that is following it around the globe...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Complex, fragile and devastating in its impact, this spellbinding film will doubtless inspire some tears but rises above the dismissive term "tear- jerker".

This is a love story for mature adults, as witnessed and brutally messed up by an immature child...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Flourishes of 'hyper-reality' are grounded by sterling performances from Knightley (defined by a strong and elegantly poised backbone), Romola Garai as the 18-year-old Briony and, above all, James McAvoy. He exudes the essence of humanity in a truly soulful picture....

4.0
0

This is a most intriguing film, using as it does two viewpoints ro create what could be called a tragedy of errors. The young woman with the imagination on full throttle who mistakes the meaning of her sister's interactions with the young gardener makes a decision to act in a way that impacts those around her in a way greater than she could ever imagine....

5.0
0

Full credit to Ian McEwen's genius as this riveting tale unravels between scenes of a Victorian-like class estate and World War II beaches and hospitals. The smart cinematography, particularly the exceptional lighting, help add a lot of atmosphere to the film. Although Wright proceeds to get too flashy and melodramatic at times, and goes especially...

4.0
0

What happens when a childs accusation lands one in gaol and effectively destroys a family. Well acted and directed, but essential a womens movie really.

4.0
0

Excellent movie, acting was superb as was the visual effects. Havent read the book but sure wish I had now.

4.0
0