The Conspirator


Even James McAvoy fails to lift this listless law thriller

The Conspirator review

It’s become tough to find a decent courtroom drama in Hollywood, and Robert Redford’s laborious Lions For Lambs follow-up is no exception, weighing down its worthy story with leaden dialogue and monotone visuals.

James McAvoy glowers and shouts as war hero-cumlawyer Frederick Aiken, reluctantly appointed to defend a woman (Robin Wright) accused, alongside seven others, of plotting Lincoln’s assassination.

Hampered by a script rife with statements of political intent, the stellar cast are condemned to play ethical standpoints rather than characters.

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