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27 November 2007

[Reel-Reviews] Atonement (4 stars)

A wonderful adaptation of the Ian McEwan book, faithfully bringing to the screen the oppressive heat of a single summer day and its unimaginable consequences...

From the cricket chirrups to the heat haze, everything is detailed and delivered. And there are some really solid performances here, not least James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan, as the young Briony.

My only slight greivance with another-wise moving and well-shot film is actually with the concept of making this "readers' book" into a film in the first place. For me, the plot turns and twists on the fact that Briony is a writer, and so the final scenes maybe lose a little of their punch. But that's a minor niggle in a fabulous film.

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