Smart. Costumes dramas tend to be targeted at women, so why not throw in some war elements to keep it more balanced. Not that it helped me much, I'm not a big fan of war cinema either. Still, Atonement wasn't all that bad, mostly thanks to the elevated styling and the lavish budget.
Briony is a young girl living in a big estate. She has a crush on the caretaker's son Robbie, but he is more interested in Briony's sister, Cecilia. Things take a turn for the worse when Briony misinterprets a fight between Cecilia and Robbie, a fluke that sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
The performances are decent, the sets are grand, the cinematography is neat, and the soundtrack is proper. I admit, it's borderline kitsch, but Wright gets away with it. The plot's a bit too sentimental though and the film is quite long, it's also not a very memorable film, but that's probably just because it's really not my type of film.