As if multiple re-shoots and delays weren’t enough of a clue already, the finished film based on AJ Finn’s runaway bestseller proves that even really good source material doesn’t guarantee a similar result. Yes, Amy Adams is great (just as she was in last year’s horrendous Hillbilly Elegy), and the supporting cast (Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and a cameo-level Anthony Mackie) has talent to spare, but director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) seems way, way out of his league on this one—choosing to try too hard to make a gimmicky Hitchcock knockoff instead of his own film.

1.5/5 stars