'The Conspirator' Gets A Non-Vampire Hunting Abraham Lincoln On Its Poster

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 14, 2011 10:30 AM
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Listen, we know that the filmmakers behind "The Conspirator" want to import that gravity of the film's very serious subject matter in its marketing materials, but throwing up a poster with a busted up statue of Abraham Lincoln isn't going to get audiences packing into theaters. But, you work with what you got and "The Conspirator" will have to rely on its fairly dull artwork and tepid tagline to pack 'em in.

Directed by Robert Redford, and boasting huge ensemble cast including James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Danny Huston, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Johnny Simmons, Stephen Root and Toby Kebbell, the film centers on the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. She is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. Sounds pretty intriguing right? Well, we saw the film at TIFF and unfortunately it plays out like an old timey "Law & Order" but worse, instead of focusing on the fascinating story of the conspiracy, Redford is more interesting in heavily underlining comparisons to modern day politics.

But with Redford apparently re-tooling the film a bit before it hits theaters, maybe it will play a bit better now? We'll have to wait and see. "The Conspirator" opens on April 15th. [IMPA]

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4 Comments

  • Mike D | February 15, 2011 5:02 AMReply

    will be interesting to see whether or not the The Conspirator or AL: Vampire Hunter will touch upon the fact that Lincoln was a raging racist asshole: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/9/book-lincoln-sought-to-deport-freed-slaves/

  • John McCarus | February 15, 2011 12:20 AMReply

    I've got to say, I like it. Kind of an iconic image and, as for the movie, I too saw it at TIFF and left thinking that this is the kind of movie studios have stopped making -- driven by plot, dialgue, and character.

  • Rob | February 14, 2011 11:59 AMReply

    Robert Redford really just needs to retire.

  • geha714 | February 14, 2011 10:57 AMReply

    This makes the film look like a documentary. Bad move.

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