For some time now, I'd been resistant to Atonement due to all the hoopla surrounding it. I kept it on the radar but didn't entertain it until much later. When I started watching it yesterday, it was darker than I'd expected. It's a literary adaptation (from Ian McEwan's novel). Not having read the book, I can't compare the movie version to it but the movie was a success. There are tricky circumstances that the director was adept at putting to film. Atonement received a 2008 Golden Globe for Best Picture.
In short, the movie is about perception versus reality and how a moment of assured perception affects the lives of three individuals and breaks up a family. A 13-year-old Briony (Saoirse Ronan) is an unreliable witness to a crime on the grounds of the family home. This puts family friend and sister, Cecilia's (Keira Knightley) love interest, Robbie (James McAvoy) in serious trouble that sabotages his hard-worked-for future plans. The story is a tragedy that spans Briony's entire life and forever affects all there that fateful night when Briony thinks she sees Robbie attacking her cousin.
There is much more I can say about this movie but this is all that you really need to know going it.
Director: Joe Wright
Minutes: 123 minutes