The director of this film takes the viewer on a beautiful ride while telling a tragic and fascinating tale. This is a very high quality film which uses the cinematic experience to the fullest. Visually there are breathtakingly beautiful scenes. The score is brilliant, using music and the sound of a typewriter to define the pace of the film. “Atonement” was first a best-selling book and the literary undertones carry through to the screen. The author uses flashbacks in a unique way by showing the same scene from a different perspective.
While this film has some good moments, it is not a family film. The event that sets this tragedy in motion is a sexually charged relationship that is consummated and the rape of a young girl. These events are witnessed by a child and it defines her entire life causing her to seek atonement. In addition this takes place during World War II and the scenes of battle scarred soldiers are quite graphic. Please note the content issues below.
Due to excessive language, sex and violent situations, we cannot award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.