The Conspirator (DVD)

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The Conspirator (DVD)

Post by koala1966 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:28 am

Mary Surratt (Robin Wright Penn) is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer (James McAvoy) to uncover the truth and save her life. Also starring Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, and Evan Rachel Wood.

A fascinating portrayal of the trials that followed the assisination of President Lincoln, this movie focuses on the trying of Mary Surratt and the struggles of her lawyer. There aren't a lot of sympathetic characters in this movie, but he is one and McAvoy embodies his character with just the right amounts of internal and external struggles. The movie doesn't convict the accused, you are left to your own opinions on the truth behind the hysteria, instead it exposes the circumstances that threatened, even if only for a minute, the freedoms we hold dear. Excellent film.

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