An Honest Review

The Unforgivable – An Honest Review

An honest, biased review of the 2021 Netflix movie ‘The Unforgivable’ starring Sandra Bullock.

The 2021 drama was directed by Nora Fingscheidt and written by Peter Craig, Hilary Seitz and Courtenay Miles. It’s the story of recently ex-con Ruth Slater ( Sandra Bullock ) trying to rebuild her life and reconnect with her long lost sister.

( Sandra Bullock ) Photo by Eva Rinaldi


Ruth is a 40 something year old woman who’s spent half her life behind bars for murder. The details of which are slowly revelaled more and more throughout the film.

Her main goal seems to be not to draw attention to herself, build a decent life, forget the past, and the reconnect with her sister. The two haven’t seen each other since Ruth’s incarceration, after which she was taken to a foster family.

Isn’t nostalgia a wonderful thing? Well Sandra Bullock sure thinks so. She decides the best thing to do after trying to forget her past, would be to visit the property in which…murder happened, that’s all I’ll say for now. Inside the house live attorney John ( Vincent D’Onofrio ), his wife Liz ( Viola Davis ) and their kids.

( Vincent D’Onofrio ) Photo by GabboT

Turns out, John’s a lawyer, and smelling fowl play, he offers to help Ruth reconnect with her sister, feeling she deserves a second chance at life. She eventually lands a meeting with Katie’s foster parents…which ends disasturously.

( Viola Davis ) Photo by Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV

Before I spoil the whole movie, I’ll leave it at that. PS, Sandra Bullock’s a murderer…..;)


The Unforgivable despite hailing a top notch cast, was a couple steps away from the potential glory it had. Going in I was excited to see Bullock unite with some of my favorite actors. D’Onofrio ( a personal favorite of mime – acting veteran I deem criminally underrated ), Davis ( one of the greatest actresses working today ) and obviously Bernthal ( a well-known actor who’s still not where he deserves to be ).

However, the performances were definately ones of quality. I have to give particular crops to Davis and Bernthal for this one. In the end, The unforgivable was a decent drama that didn’t try anything new, nor did it do anything so poorly I have to bash it around like a bear roundhouse-kicked out of hibernation. 6.4/10.

-The Screenwriter

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