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Freedomland (2006)

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, more...
Director: Joe Roth, Joe Roth
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Action, Suspense/Thriller, Cops
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Synopsis
Joe Roth directs his adaptation of Richard Price's novel Freedomland from a script by the author. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a police detective who must investigate a distraught woman (Julianne Moore) who claims that her child was kidnapped by a black man. The accusation stirs up much racial animosity in the town. Edie Falco co-stars. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nearly perfect movie! by joanella January 15, 2007 - 2:52 PM PST
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Are you guys (above) kidding? If it wasn't for the recuperative and exasperating final 5-10 minutes, I'd be thinking of rating this movie a 10! If there's been a better (and more beautifully acted) portrayal of the interconnection of gender, race, and human frailty, you'd better name it now.

a vexing dud by goodyerin June 7, 2006 - 8:21 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I think Walter Chaw's review of this film started out something like: "being directed by Joe Roth the most surprising thing about this film is that it's not worse". He's not wrong, the directing is bad, the writing is overwrought, the editing is insane, and Julianne Moore is dialing in the same performance she has in the last four films she's made (grieving mother on the brink on insanity).

But the story is bold and the performances by Edie Falco and Samuel L. Jackson are fascinating. I would be hard pressed to tell you what the last 5 films I even watched were but I can't stop talking about Freedomland.

Waste Product by talltale June 4, 2006 - 7:18 AM PDT
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2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Acclaimed novelist Richard Price doesn't seem to make the transition to movies very well--especially when, in the case of "Clockers"--and now FREEDOMLAND--he writes that screenplay himself. (He fares better with original work like "Sea of Love" and "Mad Dog and Glory.") As so-so as was "Clockers," this new one is ten times worse, due perhaps to the sorry work of Joe Roth, making yet another foray into directing (can't someone in his immediate family convince him to stop this useless effort, for which he seems to have zero competence?). Fine performers like Julianne Moore and Samuel L. Jackson flail around, looking desperately for a consistent character to act. Edie Falco comes off best by doing least. Almost everything about the movie makes little sense--from the reactions in the crowd scenes to the pivotal one-on-one moments. This is a shocking waste of time, money and talent. Small wonder it sank with barely a trace.




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