REVIEWED: The Unforgivable

REVIEWED: The Unforgivable

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The Heat and Miss Congeniality are probably two of my favourite films. I think with an actress like Sandra Bullock, she has one stand-out film of the generation, which for me was Miss Congeniality, and for the generation directly below me was probably The Heat. So my assumption is, unless they know her from Speed like people that are REALLY old do, people only know Sandra Bullock as a comedy actress.

My Mum and I usually share the same opinion on films and TV shows, but of late, we’ve actually started to disagree. For me, she broke the spell when I binge-watched Squid Game on our 5 star holiday to Lefkas, and she watched it on return after me going on and on and she didn’t like it. I didn’t really think there was a possible way to not like Squid Game. I swore she just said she didn’t like it because everyone else loved it and she wanted to be different. So we might not align on TV series now, but I can usually count on her advice if I want to watch a good film.

The Unforgivable popped up on my suggested feed on Netflix a few days back. It did look interesting, and when I watched the trailer I recalled that I don’t think I have seen Sandra Bullock in a serious film for quite some time. To ensure I gave it a good chance, I set aside an evening to watch The Unforgiveable, last night, and got myself comfy.

What is The Unforgivable about?

First of all I was right: this is an incredibly serious film. If you are looking to watch something to cheer you up, this is not it. Usually, I do find it hard to write film reviews without giving too much of the plot away. However, if you have seen the trailer for The Unforgivable then you will have the basic gist. Bullock plays Ruth Slater, a woman looking for her little sister, who has, herself, just been released from jail. As the film progresses, we learn why Ruth did the “Unforgivable” thing she did, a bit more about her character, and how her actions have affected the other characters.

I’m not one to shy away from a long-film (I recently reviewed House Of Gucci, which is a long film in general), if it is a good film and the storyline needs it. The Unforgiveable, unfortunately, seemed unnecessarily long-winded in places. I knew this wasn’t an action or a comedy film and that it wouldn’t be too fast-paced, but I didn’t think the film would drag as much as it did. The weird thing thing I am going to throw into the mix during the course of this review which essentially tells you I didn’t like the film, is how good Sandra Bullock’s acting was in the role of Ruth Slater.

Should I watch The Unforgivable?

The protagonist isn’t a particularly likeable person, and as we see more of Ruth’s lie we do start to feel a bit sorry for her, but as a viewer, you also somewhat have your guard up. She brings a depth to the character which isn’t usually present in her comedic roles. There is a particular scene between her and Viola Davies where they both acted their little socks off, and was quite emotionally-charged, but that was the only stand out part of the film.

It might be because my favourite film is “Hotel For Dogs” (you can find out other interesting facts about me on one of my old posts), which is very cheerful, but I just found this film a long old slog to watch. If you are into films that are a little bit darker, you will probably enjoy it, but I’m just the sort of person who has a short enough attention span to stop caring about characters that are not likeable fairly quickly. I’m not throwing shade on this particular genre, but if I do watch a dark film I usually like it to have a great story and cinematography, like the masterpiece that is “We Need To Talk About Kevin“, which is a fantastic example of how to get a “dark” film right.

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