The Conspirator (2011)

A historical drama about Mary Suratt’s trail on being a co-conspirator of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to relay on her young, reluctant lawyer to discover the truth behind the entire plot.  The movie stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Danny Huston, and Tom Wilkinson.  Directed and Produced by Robert Redford (Ordinary People, The Horse Whisperer, Lions for Lambs), Written by James Solomon.  (Running Time: 123 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for some violent content)

My, my, my!  I was surprised to find myself really impressed with this one!  Wow…Robert Redford proved himself as a great director once again!

The story was well-formed, and well told.  They covered the night of the assassination efficiently without straying to far away from actual events, with only a couple scenes that went by too quickly.  Good dialogue too!  I don’t know what more to say to the writing of the film except, “Great job!”

Robin Wright plays Mary Suratt, who is a widowed mother of two, with her son rebelling against her wishes–which is why she was arrested.  Robin Wright is…a promising actress, I think, and should be given more roles like this one.  I have yet to see more of the young James McAvoy, but he seems to should potential, I should think…and I have no more comments on his firm performance.  I must admit to all who read this review, that I did not recognize Kevin Kline when he first walked into his first closeup, so, those of you who enjoy him, keep a weather eye out!  He is disguised quite well under that makeup!  The reason I realized it was him (near the end) was his voice.

Robert Redford was an actor–is an actor.  So obviously, he knows how to handle directing other actors.  And in this particular film, it shows.  It shows in all of his movies that he has directed!  He successfully gets the feeling across that these generals, officers, lawyers, and people are relieved the fighting is over, but the war isn’t.  They want peace, with some who will do anything for that peace.

…Even accuse a woman of murdering the President with John Wilkes Booth.

5 out of 7 stars.

Its not an easy movie.  Its shows a lot of the truth, how these courts, officers, and people were adamant of Mary Suratt of being guilty–and wishing for her to pay for it.  But if you are the mood for that sort of film that reveals truth, and the threats that come with it, and the few people that want to help learn the truth, then you want to watch this movie.  (Its a stretch, but its…similar to the 2008 film, Valkyrie).


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