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The Unforgiveable           review by Bobby Blakey


Sandra Bulloch continues to take on a wide variety of roles. She has come a long way from the light hearted romantic comedies and become a strong dramatic actor. Her latest film The Unforgiveable looks to continue this dramatic tone and co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Richard Thomas and Linda Emond from director Nora Fingscheidt. Could this film bring the needed closer or will it fail to find forgiveness?

The Unforgiveable follows Ruth Slater who is released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind.

I think I had a different vision to what this film was about which is a good thing because the story here is so much better. Bullock is top notch bringing all the depth and emotions needed for this role in one of her best in sometime. The film is good, but does get a lost a bit in what story it wants to tell since it treads the waters on three different ones.

The stories all intertwine, but would each probably play better had they been individual and given more time to flesh out. The first half is the aspect of Bullock’s character acclimating to society after her stint in prison, followed by a story focusing on her case and then the past twist and turns of the act that caused it all. These all work, but thread in and out of these elements not always allowing you to get fully invested in any of it.

If you can get into it all then it does work and despite the convoluted nature at time I still think it works well. It’s not overly hard to figure out the twists and turns, but still makes for a compelling story. There are some silly decision making from characters like letting a random person in your home that will have you shaking your head. At the same time some of the actors are underused especially Viola Davis that is given very little to do.

This is one of those movies that is filled with great performances and does offer a powerful story, but gets lost at times on its own journey. Decide for yourself and check out The Unforgiveable available now on Netflix.

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