Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana star in this prison thriller from two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé, set just after Apartheid's end.
When Archbishop Desmond Tutu is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, a notorious murderer (Bana) seeking clemency summons him to a maximum security prison. Once inside, Tutu is drawn into a life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.
The Forgiven tackles its important political and social issues in an overly talky fashion. The film has its merits, but it represents a significant comedown for the director of such classics as The Mission and The Killing Fields.
At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and centre in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.