Atonement is an Oscar-nominated movie about the tragic consequences of a lie.
This complexly layered movie earns a 7.
Set in the late 1930s, the movie revolves around two upper-class British sisters and their star-crossed love, Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). Thirteen year old Briony Tallis catches her older sister (Keira Knightly) in a tryst with Robbie before a dinner party. Later in the evening, she is part of the search for two missing boys on the grounds of the estate and comes across another young girl being attacked by a man, who dashes off. Briony accuses Robbie of attacking the girl although she does not see his face. Her motivation is jealousy, passion or anger that Robbie and her sister were getting it on earlier. Robbie is packed off to jail, and the sisters are estranged. Robbie is later let out of jail to go fight the Germans in France and is part of the mass retreat at Dunkirk.
The movie seemed to drag on a little too long. The plot was interesting with several clues and hints threaded into the story. It was enjoyable but a little slow. If you are looking for action, this is not one for you. The acting was pretty decent. I hardly recognized Keira Knightly. She looked anorexic.
This was a good period piece and tragic love story.