Director Joe Wright (PRIDE & PREJUDICE) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS) set themselves a formidable challenge: Adapting Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed 2001 Atonement
, a novel that's all about the fact that it's a novel. For the most part, the result is a smashing success, filled with great performances and exquisite production design. But those final moments, in which the true nature of the story is revealed, are an unmitigated disaster.
Surrey, England, 1935. On a hot summer's day, 13-year-old Briony Tallis (startlingly accomplished newcomer Saoirse Ronan), an aspiring writer, is preparing to mount ...