Starring: Sandra Bullock, Vincent D’Onofrio, Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Aisling Franciosi, and Rob Morgan
Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Although it’s nice to see Sandra Bullock in another serious role, The Unforgivable doesn’t cut it. It’s not the actors’ faults, but this film wastes the likes of Bullock, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Viola Davis by moving at a snail’s pace until the final act. When it finally picks up, I was already pretty tuned out, sadly. This is a film that needed exceptional dialogue to work, and it just doesn’t have it. It’s dreary, unimaginative, and it violates the cardinal sin of all - it’s boring. Considering the star power, this is one of Netflix’s bigger disappointments.
The story The Unforgivable tells is a bit slow and brooding; a constant reflection of how society will not allow for second chances nor are they willing to hear people out. It’s because of this that the film does suffer a bit. It’s not sad enough to elicit much emotion nor does it have a comedic relief, it’s just a persistent downer, and if it weren’t for a specific subplot, it would probably be boring too. Most of the tension is due to this subplot involving random side characters. At least Sandra Bullock is able to truly shine in this.