For the sake of the movie, we better put ourselves in context: it’s 2009 and British miniseries ‘Unforgiven’, written by Sally Wainwright, shines like few others. In 2010, King graham (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ producer) decides that his success is well worth a film adaptation, and that Christopher McQuarrie (‘Usual suspects’, ‘Mission Impossible’) is the most suitable to write the script. In the title role, the gorgeous Angelina Jolie. However, the schedules get complicated, McQuarrie ignores the project, Jolie too, then they take it up again, they leave it again …

    We come to 2019 with ‘Unforgiven’, which is now titled ‘The Unforgivable’ and whose production has given more laps than a Ferris wheel. Finally is Nora fingscheidt (‘System Crasher’) who is in charge of adapting to the film format, and Angelina has been replaced by a much more present star, who will even produce the film: Sandra Bullock, which puts all the meat on the grill through its production company, Fortis Films. With her, they join the Netflix project and a cast with names of caliber, among which are Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio Y Jon bernthal.

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    Is the story worth it? The film orbits around a woman hardened by a long sentence. Ruth Slater (Bullock) entered prison for a violent crime and served his time, but upon leaving he finds a society that judges his actions as if the years had not passed. The original crime is simply unforgivable. To regain control of her life and redeem herself, Ruth will want to resume a lost relationship with her sister. The plot, the inspirational nature of the project and the directions in its production reach out for as many awards as negative reviews.

    The worst reviews of ‘Unforgivable’

    We do not say it. They say it firms like Peter bradshaw from The Guardian, which describes: “Bullock wears a full-pack ‘worker and no makeup’ outfit like a dead-eyed ex-con, and this slightly ridiculous role in this slightly ridiculous movie does not allow for any of the wit and fun that generally make her such a remarkable actress. “

    Also, Bradshaw does not believe anything of what happens in the plot: “Upon being released, Ruth goes to a shady hostel in the center of the city, gets a horrible job skinning fish, when a highly unlikely romantic spark jumps with his partner BlakeJon bernthal). Then, very unlikely, she manages to befriend John Ingram (Vincent D’Onofrio), the corporate attorney who lives with his wife (Viola Davis) and her children in Ruth’s old house, “where the crime for which she was just put behind bars took place. Bradshaw’s brow arches to infinity.


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    Odie henderson, by Roger Ebert, warns us: “I know what sins I have committed to deserve the divine punishment that is Netflix’s ‘Unforgivable’, but you have the opportunity to repent and avoid it.” And he continues, mercilessly: “This is three films in one, although each worse. We start with a story of regret, leading to a brief lawyer drama before decaying into a disgusting kidnapping and assault thriller” .

    For The Hollywood Reporter and the critic David rooney, the film deserves no more than a lengthy plot review, before dedicating just two paragraphs to get into the matter: “The biggest obstacle ‘Unforgivable’ faces is that we’ve seen more effective versions of pessimistic stories like this one before. Bullock’s performance does not come close, for example, to the psychological exploration of Kristin Scott Thomas like that woman struggling to readjust to society after 15 years of incarceration, in the haunting 2008 French drama ‘I’ve Loved You So Long.’ And the details about the character, the crime and the forensic medium, seen on shows like ‘Mare of Easttown’ (HBO), have raised the bar significantly in recent years. “For Rooney, “This version is seen, but after a decade of development, sometimes it feels as fatigued as Ruth.”


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    At least the movie almost convinces Dennis Harvey from Vanity Fair (we’ve saved this one for last): “‘Unforgivable’ wants to confront multiple bitter truths, but stacks so many, one on top of the other, that they end up turning into melodrama. Still, the cast and direction are skilled enough to to keep this story compelling, if not particularly poignant. In less expert hands, it could have become a most uncomfortable mix of anti-tear crime. “

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