The Unforgivable movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This well-made drama starring Sandra Bullock definitely heavily deals with crime-related themes. Although it’s a heavy-moving film, The Unforgivable is interesting, unpredictable and the performances are brilliant.


When a woman is released from prison after serving a twenty year sentence for a violent crime, she attempts to re-enter a society that remains unforgivable of her past and tries to put her life back together.

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Movie details

Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Aisling Franciosi, Rob Morgan, Viola Davis
Writer: Peter Craig, Hillary Seitz, Courtenay Miles
Release Date (Australia): 25 November 2021
Runtime: 112 minutes/1h 52m
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains moderate crime themes and murder themes.

Violence (M)

The film contains moderate shooting violence, as well as a scene in which a woman is assaulted by another woman, resulting in a black eye and a cut lip.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a brief scene of implied drug use.

Nudity (G)

The side of a woman’s breast is very briefly depicted.

Sex (PG)

A man and woman are briefly depicted having sex in a bed, before being interrupted.

mpaa rating

R (for language and violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Sandra Bullock’s performance is the direct centre of this post-prison tale. It’s immediately surrounded by powerful character development, which is then bluntly attached to a heavy-motioning plot. Reasonably a drama that’ll only puncture some viewers with a slow pace, but one that’ll also effectively surprise others, The Unforgivable’s finest elements is that it’s unpredictable.

Nora Fingscheidt’s execution feels like it kicks off with a very heavy-weighing and slow, but a very promising and intriguing location in which we place sympathy for certain characters, but mainly Ruth Slater. This is one of those movies that features well-executed character development, but there’s several moments in which Sandra Bullock’s and other cast members’ performances take a huge increase.

And this is another movie that certainly dives into the unexpected and totally unpredicted turns that leave you in surprise, but honestly, The Unforgivable would actually probably be completely forgettable without the strength of these elements. Apart from the thrills and unique story ideas, the portrayal of people who’ve been released from prison after committing unforgivable crimes being treated poorly is very powerful. Despite the heavy pacing, this film obviously lives up to its title and acclaim.

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