Movie: Atonement

Briony lives in their family mansion with her mom and her sister, Cecilia(Keira Knightley). She loves Robbie(James McAvoy), son of the family’s housekeeper. During the summer of 1935, she finds Robbie and Cecilia are getting closer to each other. This devastates her so much that she implicates Robbie in a crime he did not commit. As a result, three lives are changed forever. Decades later, she finds atonement through her skills.

The movie spans from 1935 to 1999 and is told from Briony’s viewpoint. Briony’s story depicted in three phases – teenager(Saoirise Ronan), adult(Romola Garai) and old age(Vanessa Redgrave).

The movie switches from the Briony’s viewpoint to the novel she is writing. Joe Wright, who directs this movie, successfully makes us believe the novel is the actual events that transpired.

At various places in the movie, the sounds of the typewriter fills in for the background. The sound goes up couple of notches at times throwing you off guard. So have the remote ready with you.

This is perfect watch for a weekday. Avoid watching with kids because there are graphic scenes.