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The Forgiven (2018)

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Academy Award (R) winner* Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana deliver riveting performances in this tense thriller based on real events. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he's summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal in this captivating film from Oscar (R) nominated director** Roland Joffé.

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Forest Whitaker
as Desmond Tutu
Eric Bana
as Piet Blomfeld
Jeff Gum
as Francois Schmidt
Morne Visser
as Hansi Coetzee
Terry Norton
as Lavinia
Thandi Makhubele
as Mrs. Morobe
Debbie Sherman
as Linda Coetzee
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No attempt is made to win over the audience. This welcome absence of sentimentality allows us to experience Tutu's own crisis of faith as he attempts to reconcile this man's actions with his bedrock belief in forgiveness.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Several powerful narratives vie for supremacy in the political drama "The Forgiven," but this sluggishly paced film's disparate parts never come together as a compelling whole.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Forgiven" is heavy-handed from its early texts explaining apartheid through its end credits.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and center in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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The Forgiven tackles its important political and social issues in an overly talky fashion. The film has its merits, but it represents a significant comedown for the director of such classics as The Mission and The Killing Fields.

March 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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