It is a good conspiracy drama but not a very coherent conspiracy. In fact, as stated, insofar as any trouble was taken to explain it, hardly a conspiracy for Evil at all. It's true that I don't pay much attention to these explanations in films or thriller novels. I won't go into the old 'guys in prison gag', but the truth of it is, I have heard so many of these through the years, that all I require is that they tell me, ' Conspiracy 353', and I immediately gear up without the necessity for any long-winded explanations. Presumably, we have all been trained to this by the time we reach voting age.
At any rate, what we do know is that Mel Gibson, Boston Cop, has seen his daughter shot down on his doorstep. The figuring is, that it was a failed attempt to get Mel, but things look differently once he begins to investigate. Gibson is fine as the Cop and Father, and there is some very solid support by a handful of featured players, and competent work by the remainer. Having just learned that this is based on a BBC television extended mini-series, I now understand the somewhat choppy nature of the screenplay; however, any elision of matter is hardly missed, at least by those like myself, who have never seen the original.
As played here, my personal feeling is that there was a bit too much heart and flowers in those remembered scenes with the daughter growing up: topping that by far, however, were the archaic early 20th Century scenes with the imagined daughter, particularly the last such; it brought back memories of Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Spencer Tracy and cadres of others in the silent and talkie era, who had to play that sort of thing straight. Takes a good actor not to gag on it.
Never mind, though, the movie is a good take on the old 30's cops and dirty politicians theme, the 'conspiracy' stuff is simply a translation of the old Mob-City Politicos and Dirty
cops theme, and it will likely hold the average viewer's interest throughout.