Jeff Labrecque
March 14, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Atonement

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
123 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/07/07
performer
Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave
director
Joe Wright
distributor
Focus Features
author
Christopher Hampton
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Compared with its grittier Oscar rivals, Joe Wright’s lush period romance Atonement looked almost archaic. But his epic adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, about a foolish young girl (Saoirse Ronan) whose hasty judgments doom her sister’s romance, boasts its own modern storytelling ingenuity. Repeat viewings highlight the meticulous camera work and editing, yet the impact of the lovers’ sadness perseveres. EXTRAS In his commentary, Wright dissects the five-minute Dunkirk beach tracking shot. Fortunately, they nailed it in three takes, just before the Steadicam operator collapsed. A-

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