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Atonement (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: March 17 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0013K7ZPE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,911 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Actors: Brenda Blethyn - Harriet Walter - James Mcavoy - Keira Knightley - Saoirse Ronan. Director: Joy Wright. Format: DVD. Runtime: 123 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Drama. Subgenre: Fantasy. Release Year: 2008.


Director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice) gives Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel a sumptuous treatment for the screen that should come to be regarded as one of the defining films of the epic romantic drama. Indeed, everything about this film stems from those three words: there is little here that is not epic, romantic, and dramatic, and Atonement is a film that masterfully expresses the overarching sense of adventure and emotion that such stories are meant to convey. In this instance, the story centers around the love story of highborn Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy, in a star-making turn), in England shortly before World War II. Despite their class differences, they are powerfully attracted to each other, and just as their relationship begins Robbie is tragically forced away due to false accusations from Cecilia’s younger sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan). She has a crush on Robbie, too, and after reading a private letter he sent to Cecilia, and then witnessing the first expression of their mutual love but mistaking it for mistreatment, her resentment grows until it leads to her telling the lie that will send Robbie away. Soon World War II breaks out; Robbie enlists and is posted to France, Cecilia is a nurse in London, and Briony, now age 18 and aware of what she has done, tries to atone for her actions--but none of them will be able to get back what they have lost. Knightley and McAvoy are perfectly cast as the young star crossed lovers, and the young Ronan is particularly impressive, but it’s clear that the real star of this film is the director. Wright allows Atonement to revel in every moment of its story and each scene is compelling in its own way, but that now famous extended shot with Robbie on the beach at Dunkirk--filmed in one take and sure to be considered one of the great long tracking shots in film history--is the most memorable moment in this remarkable film. Atonement is an excellent example of what can happen when a great book meets great filmmaking. This is one that is not to be missed. --Daniel Vancini

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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 13 2008
Format: DVD
I would call this movie a very successful adaptation and faithful rendition of the original novel. The story of how Briony Tallis, a strong-willed, scheming young school girl with a talent to write, attempts to steal the affections of her sister's lover through a childish act of treachery, comes through as strongly on screen as it does in Ian McEwan's book. No short cuts or embellishments in this cinematic rendering! This is a deceptively disturbing and chilling tale set in the bucolic countryside of an interwar England, where the presence of evil is thinly masked by a veneer of tradition and pretense. The country estate of the Tallis family is one of both loveliness and decadence. It doesn't take long to see that this family, once part of a blue-heeled squirarchy, is now in social and economic decline. One summer's evening, something terrible happens to destroy any remaining vestige of security in the Tallis household. It is how this shattering moment of moral crisis plays out in the lives of at least two family members and two outsiders over the ensuing years that makes for the real story. We follow the lives of Cecilia, Robbie, and Briony as they move on from this moment when relationships seem forever destroyed by a couple of senseless acts. Gone are the innocent and playful days of country living. War has broken out and people have to start growing up fast. Immaturity gets left behind and a new sense of the reality of death begins to be felt. These are uncertain times and only the true relationships of the past will survive the buffeting they are about to endure. While the film, like the novel, does not provide a happy ending in real life, it does provide a special kind of healing and reconciliation through Briony's recounting of events and eventual public confession years later.Read more ›
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I was going to write this a couple of weeks ago - but I wanted to watch the movie a couple more times just to be sure..... As it turns out, Atonement is my favourite movie in MANY years. I personally can't think of a negative. Some people have commented (to me) that it was very slow moving. Nope! not for me. I thought the pacing was exactly right. In fact, had it moved along more quickly, I believe quite a lot of the important details would have been missed. The script is outstanding - I read the book some years ago and know that the writer (Ian McEwan, in case anyone doesn't know), as well as being one of the executive producers, "floated around" during the making of this movie to make observations and suggestions. I believe the production of this movie benefitted from that - he is truly a fantastic writer.

The cinematography is beautiful and, at some points in the story, is almost a cast member. (If that seems a strange thing to say - witness Robbie's hallucination of his mother at Dunkirk.) The musical score is terrific and does not swamp every scene but, when the music soars, it sets atmosphere as well as I have ever encountered in other movies, if not better.

I thought the casting was perfect. James McAvoy (Robbie) just takes one's breath away. As someone else said - he really is that good, and one can't say more than that. Keira Knightley certainly got a role she could sink her teeth into. Cecelia Tallis is intelligent, passionate, somewhat arrogant at times but, in the end, loving and compassionate. I truly liked this character, both when I read the book and in the movie.
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This will be short, and to the point.

This movie is not for everyone, the fighting of war is NOT the major point of this film. Some people will find it slow, while others will find it beautifully paced. The acting is incredible, not over the top and fake, but very believable and moving. The story is captivating, the way it unfolds is mesmerizing, and it will be hard for you to take your eyes off of James Mcavoy, he's that good as Robbie Turner.

If period pieces and romance is something you're interested in, then this is a film for you, if not, then you probably won't enjoy it. For me though, it was easily one of THE best films of the year, and I still can't forget it, even though I saw it almost three months ago.
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Yes, this film is not for everyone. If you like action movies and fast paced entertainment, you might not like this movie.

However, if you like good literature and you like slow-paced, beautiful story-development and breathtaking cinematography, then this is the movie for you.

The acting of all the actors and actresses working on this film is superb. Everyone is perfectly cast and James McAvoy and Keira Knightley are outstanding young actors with very bright futures. Their performances in this film are pitch-perfect.

So, if you want to see a beautifully made, acted and directed movie, then go see this movie. It's literature on film.
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Never mind a "tear jerker" this movie will leave you depressed to the point of suicide. Don't get me wrong, it was a great movie. I highly recommend it. The movie is interesting. You feel for the characters. The movie is a slow ride to hell. By the end, the only happy scene is taken away from you. This is a story that would make Shakespear proud. Its his kind of tragedy.
Buy it, and stock up on kleenex.
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