Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Atonement - Review

If you can look past Joe Wright’s exhausting over-direction and Keira Knightley’s jaw, you will find a simple, compelling and tragic love story just crying out to be heard above the clamour of its numerous award nominations. 

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Childhood friends Robbie (James McAvoy) and Cecilia (Knightley) tentatively begin an affair. However, they almost immediately see their fledgling love torn apart by a single malicious act.

McAvoy is convincingly anguished as the wronged hero, and Knightley plays her transformation from disdain to devotion simply, but charmingly. However, it is 13-year-old newcomer Saoirse Ronan who truly shines as Briony, the architect of all the misery.


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