New from the desk of The Movie Snob

Atonement (A-). I have never read the novel on which this movie was based, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the heck out of the movie. The movie takes place in three discrete acts. In Act One, we are in 1935 Britain, on the country estate of some well-to-do folks. Keira Knightley (Love Actually) plays Cecilia Tallis, who belongs to the well-to-do family, and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) plays Robbie Turner, the hard-working son of one of the family’s servants who has actually done well for himself at college. It is quickly revealed that the two are passionately in love despite their differences in social rank, and complications ensue because of a single, serious misdeed by Cecilia’s 13-year-old sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan, a young actress to watch). To say more about the plot would be a disservice to you; I will conclude by reporting simply that I was always fascinated by what was happening on the screen and always wondering what would happen next.

Keira Knightley, in a very different movie

7 comments on “Atonement

  1. […] for director Joe Wright, who helmed the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice and also 2007′s Atonement. It’s a PG-13 thriller about a girl named Hanna who has been raised by her father in complete […]

  2. […] author Stephanie Meyer.  It’s going to star Saoirse Ronan, the talented young star of Atonement and Hanna.  I hope it is not as terrible as the Twilight movies and doesn’t destroy young […]

  3. […] who has impressed me with her talent in pretty much every film I have seen her in (City of Ember, Atonement, Hanna, The Way Back).  I wondered, would she be able to overcome the almost certainly bad source […]

  4. […] by a Polish teenager who’s also on the run, an orphaned girl named Irena (Saoirse Ronan, Atonement). I really enjoyed it, although it’s certainly sad in parts. Ronan, whom I’ve liked […]

  5. […] Enterprise on a mission to capture the mysterious perpetrator, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement).  Robocop himself, Peter Weller, appears as the belligerent Admiral Marcus.  On the whole, I […]

  6. […] the shocking truth. Then the children grow up, Kathy H. and her best friends Ruth (Keira Knightley, Atonement) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network). It is a story of love, betrayal,and loss. Judging […]

  7. […] escape route, but the mayor and his cronies aim to stop them. Saoirse Ronan, who was excellent in Atonement, shines as Lina Mayfleet, and she receives able support from Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) as […]

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