Viola Davis and Sandra Bullock are two of my favorite actresses in the industry, ever. So what’s more appealing than seeing the two co-starring in an upcoming Netflix film titled The Unforgivable.
After seeing Bullock previously star in the Netflix blockbuster, Bird Box, I’ve been waiting for her return to another project on the streaming platform. According to online reports about this film, development began as early as 2010. Even though Bullock portrays the leading role of “Ruth,” the actress intended for the part was said to be Angelina Jolie. Although filming started in 2020, the project was further delayed due to COVID-19 and restrictions. The good news is that we will be able to stream it next month.
Bullock is also a producer of this project. She gave a brief summary of the movie to parade.com. “My character is someone who has been incarcerated for 20 years for a pretty heinous crime [and] gets out,” she said. “There are several people whose lives she affected by this crime she committed, and there’s a lot of hatred and anger and bitterness and sorrow associated with her release. She wants to find this one person, the only family she had when she went in, and you keep asking yourself, ‘Why can’t you let it go? This family member was traumatized by your actions—let it go! Stop harming these people all over again.” In the film Ruth (Bullock) has served jail time after murdering a police officer. While she’s trying to rejoin society and rebuild her life by finding the little sister she had to leave behind while she was imprisoned, she’s met with far more challenges than she could’ve anticipated.
Audiences will be able to see Bullock and Davis in an entirely different light as the film exposes topics that might be uncomfortable, daring, and exposing the consequences of privilege. During the trailer we see Bullock and Davis in a standoff while Bullock is trying to plead her reasoning to Davis and she questions her on her very own white privilege. I’ve never seen these two iconic actresses join a project that didn’t have a great impact, whether heartfelt or deep, this film is definitely going to be trending in Netflix’s top 10 list when it officially releases on its platform December 10th.
Check out the trailer below:
By Kori Barnes. University of Nevada, Las Vegas