The Forgiven

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Brutal violence, adult themes in post-apartheid story.

R 2018 115 minutes

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I find it extremely hard in this day and age to find a movie worth watching.My son cory age 30 said to me "mom you have to watch this movie called "The Given"My son usually watches movies i cant relate to,so reluctantly i started to watch it on netflex.It was the "GREATEST" movie i had seen in decades.I don't know who directed or wrote it but i would like to say thank you. I pray you continue to work your magic and entertainment and awhaa .people like myself would extremely appreciate your film making. Sincerely yours Stacy Eubanks

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The Forgiven

I am sure this is a great movie and kudos to Roland for pulling it off, but must mention that there are many crew members/suppliers that were not paid for their services on this project, which puts the ethos of this film into question .... I wonder how Tutu would respond should he be made aware of this?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 9, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: May 15, 2018
  • Cast: Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana
  • Director: Roland Joffe
  • Studio: Saban Films
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing/violent content, and language throughout including some sexual references
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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