If forced to decide on a single adjective to describe Robert Redford’s directorial output, “tasteful” sure seems to be the best choice. The Sundance mastermind’s work behind the camera is always reserved and serious, an artistic stance that accentuates good material when he has it (Quiz Show
, A River Runs Through It
), but quickly leads to boredom when he doesn’t (The Legend of Bagger Vance
, The Horse Whisperer
). His historical drama The Conspirator
falls smack in the middle of these two extremes.
The movie stars James McAvoy as Frederick Aiken, a veteran of the Union Army who wants to put the war behind him and start his l...