A riveting thriller, THE CONSPIRATOR tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the man who risked everything to save her. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright) owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Johnny Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.
The movie is based on the true story of Mary Surratt, the only female conspirator charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be executed by the United States government. The movie was interesting but it was quite slow paced. The movie is about how Mary Surratt was tried by a military tribunal even though she was a US citizen and how Aiken has to fight a uphill battle.
Some of the military tribunal scenes were very good. Mary Surratt’s behavior was perplexing as if she wanted to be hanged. James McAvoy was good as Aiken. Robin Wright was good but her character was a bit irritating.Tags: Exclusive James McAvoy Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Reviews Robert Redford Robin Wright