“The Unforgivable” (2021) / Z-View

The Unforgivable (2021)

Director:  Nora Fingscheidt

Screenplay:   Peter Craig, Hillary Seitz, Courtenay Miles based on Unforgiven, a British limited series by Sally Wainwright

Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Aisling Franciosi, Richard Thomas, Tom Guiry, Emma Nelson and Will Pullen.

Tagline: No one walks free of their past.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Ruth Slater (Bullock) has just been released from prison after serving twenty years for the murder of a sheriff. She has two goals.  The first is to make sure that her younger sister, Katie (Franciosi) is doing alright and the second is to get on with her life.  Neither goal is going to be easy.

After Ruth’s imprisonment, Katie was adopted.  Katie has splotchy memories of a traumatic incident, but no idea of her life before adoption.  Katie’s adoptive parents do not want Ruth to have any contact with Katie.

When Keith (Guiry), one of the sons of the murdered sheriff, sees that Ruth Slater has been released from prison he is enraged.  He blames Ruth for all of the crappy things in his life that began with the murder of his dad.  Keith plans to kill Ruth.

Ruth’s refusal to back down from meeting with Katie, and Keith’s plans to kill Ruth are going to play out in unpredictable ways.

I was impressed with how good The Unforgivable is since it could have easily gone the Lifetime Movie route.  The Unforgivable is a dark story that is well written, well directed featuring an excellent cast.  Kudos to Sandra Bullock for starring in a movie where she doesn’t look like a movie star and is believable as an ex-con.

Viola Davis has a small, but pivotal role.  Vincent D’Onofrio plays an attorney married to Davis’ character.  I loved the interactions between these two amazing actors.

Jon Bernthal is one of my favorite actors.  He has a small role as a potential love interest for Ruth.  Their scene in the diner is heartbreaking… especially later when we learn more.

Richard Thomas is excellent as Katie’s adoptive dad.  It’s good to see Thomas in more roles.

I figured out The Unforgivable early on, and had most of it right.  The ending did surprise me though.  I really liked The Unforgivable so of course it rates 4 of 5 stars.