PG-13, 122 min.
Director: Robert Redford
Writers: James Solomon, Gregory Bernstein
Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Danny Huston, James Badge Dale, Colm Meaney, Alexis Bledel, Johnny Simmons, Toby Kebbell, Jonathan Groff, Stephen Root, John Cullum, Norman Reedus, John Michael Weatherly, Marcus Hester, Chris Bauer, Jim True-Frost, Shea Whigham, David Andrews
I’m sure after today there will be many citizens contemplating the assassination of whichever candidate wins the presidency. I suppose our biggest comfort in the coming days will be that most people who oppose each of the candidates will be more afraid of their running mates becoming president than whoever actually winds up being our latest president. Small comfort, but consider that there were days in this country’s history when its citizens were even more divided about how it was being run.
Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” takes a look at the days following the assassination of President Lincoln and the final surrenders of the confederate generals of the Civil War. People’s passions about politics at that time were even greater than much of the vitriolic rhetoric we hear in every media outlet today, and with good reason. Our country had almost been torn apart by war and the assassination of the President threatened to send it right back into war.
“The Conspirator” isn’t really about the Civil War or the assassination, however. It’s about the trial of civilians by a military tribunal. It’s about the ideals that were fought for in the war. It’s about the idealistic foundations of our country as a whole and how such a treatment of civilians is a gross injustice against such ideals.