The Conspirator (2010) is the very first film produced by the American Film Company (owned by Joe Ricketts, founder of Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise). It explores a subject rarely touched upon in American film--the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the conspirators who were involved. Additionally, The Conspirator focuses on Mary Surratt (played by the actress Robin Wright, former wife of Sean Penn), the lone woman involved in the plot to kill Lincoln. Following her trial, Surratt became the first woman to be hanged by the Federal government.
“The Conspirator” is a movie that is relevant to the events that are happening in our country today. The themes or patriotism and retribution for domestic terrorism brought out by the movie reflect how we are handling the punishment of terrorists today.
The movie deals with the trial of Mary Surratt and her co-conspirators who plotted to assassinate President Lincoln after the Civil War. As Ealasaid Haas says in his review of the movie, “If you enjoy historical dramas and are willing to entertain the idea that even criminals deserve a real trial rather than a kangaroo court, do not miss this film.”