The Conspirator (2011)

I’m not a big history buff, so when I watch a movie about interesting events that took place in the past, this leads me to researching historical figures on Wikipedia for hours.  Since American history is more important and therefore more interesting than Canadian history (/sarcasm), I tend to know more about their events than my own country’s historical past.  We’re so bland.  Anyways, Robert Redford directed this about the trial that took place after the assassination of President Lincoln and the kangaroo court that eventually strung up Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) as a co-conspirator in the murder.  The Co-Conspirator isn’t as easy to market I guess.

It’s a weighty, conspiracy (shocking!) , law and historical picture.  Redford tends to have a methodical approach to pacing, and depending on the tale, it usually serves him well.  This one was alright.  Look at the tags below for the major cast players, and some of the names might surprise you.  Nobody is terrible, and the movie is decent enough.  I’ll single out James McAvoy for completely losing his accent and carrying the film on his shoulders.  I don’t really have much to say about it I guess.  It’s decent, but not everyone’s going to be interested in it.

3.5 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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