The Conspirator Review

Directed by Robert Redford, The Conspirator follows the tale of one woman’s alleged involvement in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.  Seven men and Mary Surratt were arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The movie stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, and Toby Kebbell.

It’s a historical-drama film and takes place mainly in the courtroom. This movie did get mixed reviews from critics but I thought it was great. It may not be as good as “A Time to Kill” or “A Few Good Men,” but besides the retelling of the assassination, this movie portray’s the military trial of Mary Surratt as being unfair and defies the American constitution. The prosecution conducted the trial with full control. They disregarded Mary Surratt’s true involvement in the conspiracy, and had her faith predetermined.

It may be slow at times, and not as intense as one would hope, but it was a good film. I think some aspects of the film required more detail that would have intensified the film. For example, the audience is under the impression that James McAvoy’s character’s life is threatened for the choosing to defend the accused, but all we see is basically a shoulder bump in an alley and angry looks.

Overall, even though it lacked intensity, the movie was good and I rate it 7/10




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