Eric Bana and Forest Whitaker deliver fantastic dramatic performances in this gripping thriller. The story takes place at the end of the Apartheid. Bana plays a brutal murderer who is seeking solace and redemption and he meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker). Their on-screen interactions consisting of these face-to-face encounters that are very intense. A large number of scenes take place in a maximum security prison and the movie nails the atmosphere of a dangerous prison.
This is a well acted film where the Bana and Whitaker transform themselves into the characters they play. I can’t say enough about Bana’s performance as Piet Blomfeld, who is chillingly scary. This is a slower paced movie, but if you can allow yourself to be consumed by the performances and the story, they you will appreciate all that this film is.
THE FORGIVEN is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital