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on July 17, 2018
Stunning film and performances... Forest Whitaker's performance is definitely Oscar worthy- and the film itself is worthy of a Pulitzer! The performance near the end of the film where the mournful mother addresses the officer is maybe one of the most powerful moments in all of film history. Watch and see.
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on July 15, 2018
I've been watching movies for over 60 years. I can hardly find a movie worth watching anymore. This is one of the rare exceptions. Not perfect but still riveting.
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on July 19, 2018
Riveting performances from Whitaker and Bana. Intense, violent, yet hopeful, as well as reminding the viewer of the power of forgiveness. The subject matter, which follows the years immediately after Apartheid was abolished, is very timely during this precarious time in the USA. Unfortunately racism is a world-wide problem, but seeing from the perspective from another culture brings it to light.
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on July 15, 2018
Wow, quite possibly the most powerful movie experience I've ever gone through. I really didn't know what I was getting into with this one before watching it. I knew nothing about it, not even its subject matter. I just like those two actors, so I gave it a whirl. Wow...
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on July 28, 2018
This movie is relevant to the current state of rising racial tensions in S.Africa. I won't comment much more in-depth on that because I live in relative comfort in the United States of America but what I can grasp is that the world as a whole is moving closer to tribalism. With that being said, I gave this movie a perfect rating because it caused me to think. It had a strong impression on me, causing me to think about the meaning of the current state of what's happening in the world. Sure, I still have to get up & live my life but the truth is that we ALL have hurt someone or done worse but at the end of the day, it's realizing our mistakes & thinking about the effect it has on other people. I'm very aware that things arent that cut & dry but at the same time they really are. I enjoy a cheap piece of entertainment once in awhile to take my mind off things but this kind of movie is getting harder to come across & deserves recognition. I've seen others comments about this movie starting out slow & then ending with a bang or picking up....that's life. It welcomes you in & then spanks you. Last but not least, the acting in this movie is pretty damn good so in a nutshell, if your into movies that provoke emotion layered with a historically based script & actors performing with skill then this one is worth all of its 2 hours. Enjoy.
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on July 14, 2018
while it starts slow, it finishes very strong. amazing performance as always by Forrester Whittaker. one can't help draw parallels to nazi Germany in its storytelling of atrocities from apartheid. but its in the courage of forgiveness that is so wrenching..and giving hope to mankind. I had not heard of this film before watching it, nor of the central character. I'm so glad I gave it a view and you will too if you stick with it.
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on August 10, 2018
First I have to say that the performance delivered by Thandi Makhubele is riveting and golden. She deserved an Oscar for that performance alone. Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana are also in a class of their own embodying their characters down to the bone.
Beautiful, tragic, heartbreaking, true, this movie is flawless as it presents a piece of the aftermath of the dissolution of apartheid in South Africa. This movie should have taken every Oscar in every category. Truly unforgettable is The Forgiven.
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on June 29, 2018
Not a lot of 5's from me but this one deserves one.
The evil of men and the atrocities we commit are sometimes beyond my comprehension.
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on August 3, 2018
Based on the facts of how a racist, violent country tried to heal its wounds.
Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana were brilliant.
Negative comments against this film can easily be seen as racist and clueless.
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission similar to what was portrayed in this film should be convened in America.
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on August 5, 2018
This is four in a row that I watched that were 16:9 & 5.1 surround sound. Five total for 5.1 surround. Amazon Prime Video email recommendations have been right on. I will always watch the complete movie if it is 16:9/5.1. This one is way out of the realm of what I usually watch. I have mentioned that I am willing to watch something very different. I like violence and there is plenty in this one. I had tears from my eyes at the end. Learn something...
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