The Conspirator (Redford, 2010)
For a film that is supposed to be meticulously researched and extremely accurate, I sure felt cheated on the way we get from point A to point B. Yes, the events might be accurate, but the good guy/bad guy presentation of the two sides of this not-so-famous trial didn’t allow the viewer much room quarrel within themselves as to which side to stand on. Outside of that, though, this film is an involving and entertaining courtroom movie with an interesting duty vs. reputation conflict for the protagonist.
Where the film bumps itself over the average line is in its cinematography. I need to do some reading about it, but it looks to me like it might have been shot in all natural light. Many sets featured the sun beaming through numerous windows, often soaking the characters, creating a hazy dream-like aura – sort of an ‘Is this really happening?’ sense. Overall, it helps with the authenticity and placement within the time period. Overall, a good movie. 7/10