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The Trailer For Robert Redford's 'The Conspirator' Arrives

by Edward Davis
January 27, 2011 1:42 AM
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The trailer for Robert Redford's Civil War-era drama, "The Conspirator," has arrived. The drama, set in 1865, 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.

And for his eighth directorial effort Redford seemingly went for broke, pulling out all the stops and hiring an all-star, character-heavy cast that includes, James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Danny Huston, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Johnny Simmons, Stephen Root and Toby Kebbell. Sounds amazing and after reading the script -- an injustice, post 9/11 fear-mongering cautionary tale -- this was riding high on our 2011 most anticipated list.

Then the film arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and it was universally panned. In our 2011 Films We've Already Seen feature we wrote of the movie, "Redford just can’t help himself in making overbearing, not-entirely-there parallels with modern history. And when the film doesn’t go to the political pulpit, it plays like a stodgy, musty period version of 'Law & Order' complete with sneering lawyer and shifty, obviously dishonest witnesses. Worse, Redford’s approach gives the film weird stylistic flourishes which would have made it a very awards-worthy drama if it was made maybe ten or fifteen years ago, but seem woefully out of place now."

It was originally viewed as a 2010 Oscar-bait frontrunner, but those hopes were quickly dashed after its TIFF run. Nevertheless, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions picked up the film after its Toronto bow. The trailer itself? Well, it doesn't read that much different from our aforementioned mini-review frankly. Still, like every film, this writer -- and the rest of us who haven't seen it -- will surely still want to see for ourselves. The release date for the picture is April 15, 2011, and after TIFF it was said that Redford was going back to the editing room to retool the picture.

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5 Comments

  • eva | April 17, 2011 11:18 AMReply

    Mesmerising: character development, cinematography, authenticity. Did not even mind the computer scene reactions (unlike the maual Gone with the Wind/ Ben Hur). Redford is a liberal, but our country was founded on revolutuonary liberalism. But the theme is respect for our Civil Rights. Thank you, I loved it. And bless you for reminding us of our our sacred rights... best picture i have seen in a long time and your BEST yet!

  • mike | March 24, 2011 12:07 PMReply

    To my movie critics,if you saw a movie with depth an heart ,you wouln't see it if it was right in front of you,,critics and most liberal audiences want gore an immoral gravy,with alittle common relevance with what they recognize as everyday hollywood slop,too bad,an sad,the cookie cutter hollywood uses gets alot of use,,.

  • Stephen M | January 27, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    The trailer would have been much better served by toning down the music a bit. I felt like I was watching a Michael Bay movie or something.

    I really liked the idea of this, but its universal panning, political ideology, and the obvious over-the-topness in this trailer have turned me off.

  • Chase | January 27, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    2011*

  • Chase | January 27, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    No release date? It's being released April 15th 2010. And the trailer is spectacular, whether you think the movie itself isn't. not.

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