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R| 2 hr. 3 min.

Plot Summary
This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.

Cast: James McAvoy , Keira Knightley , Romola Garai , Saoirse Ronan , Brenda Blethyn , Vanessa Redgrave , Juno Temple , Patrick Kennedy

Director: Joe Wright

Genres: Drama, Romance

Distributor: Focus Features

Atonement (2007)

Release Date: December 7th, 2007|2 hr. 3 min.

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  • Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. show more

  • An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses. show more

  • The movie version feels like a stately, but watered down, episode of "Masterpiece Theatre" fused with "The English Patient." show more

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  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Great film, well made.

  • August 11, 2008 nclark591
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    I DEFINITELY did not find atonement to be slow or boring like so many others have. The only poeple who say it " dragged on" are those that don't have the attention span of a normal human being and cannot keep up with a fairly SIMPLE plot. It's made very clear what's going on in the movie if you PAY ATTENTION. It was not at all a waste of time or boring.I found it to be the exact opposite, pulling me in more and more with every scene. You become emotinally connected to the characters and genuinely concerned about what happens to them. Because of this, though, i will admit you get set up for heartache. I found that for hours after the movie had ended i still felt a little unsettled. The storytelling was amazing and the acting was phenomenal, and passionate.. However, i will say that the film's injustices were pretty hard on the heart...on the other hand, when a movie effects your emotions , it's obviously done it's job.

  • July 27, 2008 JushiBuruBeri
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    I found this movie to be painfully long and boring. I usually love these types of movies and I was very excited to see it. Shortly before I left my home to see the movie, I found out the director was the same person who directed Pride and Prejudice, another painfully long and boring movie. I agree that the cinematography was beautiful and the storyline was pretty good, but I thought the movie was a lot more long and drawn-out than really necessary. I was also irritated by the music in the movie, which at times would make my heart race only for absoultely NOTHING to happen. I would keep getting excited by the music and then *poof* NOTHING. If you like long, period piece-type movies, I would urge anyone to see The Painted Veil or Memiors of a Geisha. In these movies, cinematography, music, and plot blend seamlessly, while in Atonement you can only focus on one thing at a time. It seemed like the plot would be put on hold for 25 minutes while I watched nothing happen in front of beautiful scenery. Maybe Ed Norton should've directed this one (he directed The Painted Veil).

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