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Atonement 2007

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(325) IMDb 7.8/10
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Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this stunning epiclove story stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy and is hailed by critics as "aravishing romance".

Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Joe Wright
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
Supporting actors Brenda Blethyn, Julia West, James McAvoy, Harriet Walter, Keira Knightley, Juno Temple, Felix von Simson, Charlie von Simson, Alfie Allen, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Wight, Leander Deeny, Peter O'Connor, Daniel Mays, Nonso Anozie, Michel Vuillermoz, Lionel Abelanski
Studio Focus Features
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 12 July 2008
Format: DVD
I personally found this a spellbinding movie, though I understand why critics would object. The literary origins are retained through the artifice of a structure essential to conceal the twist in the plot. The downside is that the film is somewhat stagey and stylised, though the author conceals shocks brilliantly. You are somehow aware of the artifice throughout, the reasons for which become apparent at the end.

The country house scenes look very chocolate box, and could easily have been the start of a familiar romantic drama of the Camomile Lawn ilk, but all is thrown into disarray in rapid succession by the use of a taboo word, an act of witnessed passion, the violent rape of a young girl and a false accusation.

What follows is the unfolding drama and the story of the atonement, told in several chapters and centred around the character Briony at three ages - 13, 18 and 77. To give each credit, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave each give a sparkling turn and look precisely like an older version of their younger selves. Ronan in particular makes a magical job of competing for screen time with the likes of McAvoy, Knightley, Cumberbatch, Kennedy and Walter - and frankly, wins hands down most of the time!

The finest set piece is however Dunkirk. There is a single, intricate shot weaving in and out of the huge and complex array of activity on the beach as McAvoy's Robbie and his two companions try to find their way around. This is masterly film-making and worth the price of the DVD on its own.

The denouement is left in the hands of Vanessa Redgrave, and what a smashing job she makes of it too. Fragile yet playful, wistful yet leaving no doubt of the sincerity of her regrets, this is a fine performance.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Lucas on 29 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Whew! I've just ordered yet another copy of this film for a friend who hasn't yet seen it, and thought I'd glance at the reviews while I was at it...half an hour later, I'm left with such a sense of how very different each one of us truly is, and how differently we view & experience movies! I suppose that we're all looking for different things from them.
I hadn't read the book before seeing this film way back in September '07. I've read it since, and despite the immaculate crafting and writing it leaves me cold like so many of Ian McEwan's novels (I keep trying but...sorry)
That I've seen the film 12 times now probably speaks volumes. I remember when I left the cinema after the first time, I felt raw...I couldn't bear anyone to talk to me for about an hour afterwards as I needed time to 'come down' from the emotion. I saw it 4 times on the big screen in total (this isn't unusual for me...if I love a film, I'll watch it several times to squeeze every drop from it - ergo, I've seen The King's Speech 4 times already!) and I have to be careful about watching it now as it can affect me quite strongly still - I just find the emotions, characters, acting so powerful & moving. I wasn't a fan of Keira Knightley before particularly, but after this, The Edge of Love and The Duchess I cannot wait to see her again. James McAvoy is & will continue to be one of our greatest new acting talents...I see only great things ahead for him. Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch - their body of work before & since 'Atonement' speaks volumes for them too.
Much has been said and debated in these reviews on the story, the cinematography, the accents, the period details...I'm not going to add to that.
Reviews are so, so personal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on 28 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is a delightful film, well paced, with a beautiful background, strong emotions and remarquable actors. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. I found it just as enjoyable as the book it was adapted from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
This sumptuous film follows the story of Robbie (McAvoy), who through the good offices of his employer has the qualities of a gentleman, and the love of Cecilia (Knightly), his employer's daughter. After a terrible crime is committed one night at the stately home where they all live, Robbie is falsely accused by Briony, the somewhat brattish younger sister of Cecilia. After this cataclysmic event all the main players start a search for some form of atonement for all their sins, real or imagined. Robbie is sent off to war in the British Expeditionary Force that was forced to retreat via Dunkirk, Cecilia disowns her family and Briony goes on to become a wartime nurse in London. There is a final twist, set many years after the main events that comes as quite a surprise, and shows just who was seeking Atonement and who achieved it.

This is a beautifully shot, excellently directed film, that builds nicely up to the final climax. The various elements, the country house setting, wartime London, the adventures of Robbie in the BEF and especially Dunkirk are well constructed. They might not be historically totally accurate, but they reflect what was in the mind and imagination of the person narrating the story, and accentuate the idea that it is a recounting of events through someone else's eyes. The actors are uniformly excellent, bringing their characters to life. The one exception is Keira Knightly, not an actress I have ever thought highly of, who is a bit wooden at times. McAvoy manages to supply enough intensity in their all important scenes together to cover up for her lack though.

In all a moving and excellently portrayed romance with a quality added layer of depth. A solid 4 stars.
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