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The Unforgivable 2021 Crime Thriller English Movie Review

The Unforgivable

Tiasa Mukherjee Featured Writer
Tiasa Mukherjee
3.5 Star popcorn reviewss


There’s a saying that ,In life most of the people face a situation where either you lose or you win but sometimes if you are unfortunate enough you will face a chilling life & death situation where no matter what you choose you end up losing so you might end of sacrificing yourself for others, for your family, though most of the sacrifices would stay unknown. “The Unforgivable”, a 2021 drama film directed by Nora Fingscheidt and written by Peter Craig, Hillary Seitz and Courtenay Miles, based on the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven written by Sally Wainwright is an excellent example of above emotion you will feel after watching this film.

Screenplay & Storyline

The Unforgivable begins with the release of Sandra Bullock as Ruth Slater from prison after serving twenty years for murdering a sheriff. This is a story of a prisoner returning to regular society. After her release from prison she starts doing two simultaneous job with a clear motto of finding her sister who got separated from her after her conviction. 

On the other hand her sister Aisling Franciosi as Katie doesn’t have specific memory of her childhood but keeps getting confusing flashbacks from her childhood. On the journey of finding her own sister Ruth faces disturbing incidents which shocks her to core but she tries to stay strong as she wants to meet Katie. It confuses us as we should hate Ruth as a convicted murder but we can’t help but feel sympathy for her. It makes us point finger at our integrity that we only think about others we refuse to walk through their shoes until it’s convenient for us.

Performance & Direction

In August 2021, film’s title was revealed. “The Unforgivable” received a limited release in theatres on November 24, 2021, prior to streaming on Netflix on December 10. Sandra Bullock as Ruth delivers an intense performance with Ruth’s raw emotions. Bird Box Actress perfectly mixes her self with the character Ruth who gave up her entire life her dreams to protect her home and her sister. Her range of emotions will blow your mind with her portrayal of sister, mother a prisoner. 

Viola Davis as Liz Ingram portrays her role like a fine icing on a cake. Her & Ruth’s intense conversation will feel like knife stabbing your heart repeatedly.


The Unforgivable Could be better developed, story line was pretty predictable but the cast was so perfect that they gave life to those character so realistically that this movie becomes a hidden gem. Must watch from my side!

Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.

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