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This review is from: Atonement - Limited Edition Digibook [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
At face value, I wouldn't have put this high on my list of must haves! In fact even when I ordered this Digi-book on pure impulse I then cancelled it - only to find that it was too late to do so... Thankfully, I'm now glad that it WAS delivered! Because instead of some Hooray Henry BBC rendition of times gone by - or the vapid eye candy of a vacuous Hollywood action movie, this film actually does present a bloody good memorable and surprising story! Credit to the writers, the actors and perhaps especially to the director who choreographs a scene depicting the evacuation at Dunkirk in one long take soooooo magnificently. I won't spoil the devastating surprise ending for you, except to say that it's based upon the true harsh realities that did cross my mind while watching... All in all, in hindsight, I can't flaw this movie. To those who do trash it as pretentous tosh and factually incorrect obviously overlook the fact that this movie is deliberately constructed and layered to be seen through the initial pernicious eyes of a lovestruck pre-pubsecent young girl - through to her maturing adolenscent guilt - until we finally arrive at her 'Atonement' borne from the wishful romantic hindsights and retrospects of old age! Our memories, wishes and imagination are not always real or factually correct.
Acting wise, Kiera Knightly's stoic expressions actually convey so much to haunt the memory, and James Mcavoy has rightly gone on to carve his niche in subsequent movies. But let's not also forget the course of all those who played Briony Tallis at 3 different ages. Each performance is potent, memorable and telling! Therefore - please - don't be put off by my own initial reservations and any superficial hog-wash reviews that couldn't be bothered to scratch beyond the deliberate narrative of this film being more subjective than objective. Each to his own, but on Blu-Ray the film is also a visual treat without the usual crash and bang or suger coated dross of a Hollywood movie. So if you're prepared to sit still long enough, than you're in for something quite different.