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Freedomland (2006)

Julianne Moore , Samuel L. Jackson , Joe Roth  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsythe
  • Directors: Joe Roth
  • Writers: Richard Price
  • Producers: Charles Newirth, Richard Baratta, Scott Rudin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FEBZ0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Freedomland" on IMDb

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  • Viewable in both anamorphic widescreen format (2.40:1) and full screen (1.33:1)

Editorial Reviews

Based on the best-selling novel by Richard Price, this explosive thriller stars Academy Award(r) nominees Samuel L. Jackson (1994, Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction) and Julianne Moore (2002, Best Actress, Far From Heaven) and Golden Globe(r) winner Edie Falco ("The Sopranos"). When Brenda Martin (Moore) claims her car was stolen with her son in the backseat, the chilling accusation sparks an intense investigation led by Detective Lorenzo Council (Jackson). The frenzy to find her son escalates into an explosive nightmare of suspicion and accusation, and the search for the truth leads to riveting action, disturbing revelations, and a shocking ending.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amber Alert: Missing Structure February 17, 2006
The way I see it, a good movie has to have a sturdy structure in order to support the weight of its characters and plot. If this idea falls through, then all you'll have is an incoherent mess. "Freedomland," unfortunately, falls into this category. It had so many missing pieces that its structure pretty much collapsed the moment it started. No, that's actually too limiting: the pieces were never together to begin with. Everything about this film was out of place and chaotic, a haphazardly strewn together story that only resulted in a jumbled mass of wrongfully conceived ideas.

The movie begins in the streets of an urban housing project in Dempsy, New Jersey. There we meet Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson), a police detective who seems to know everyone in the neighborhood but isn't exactly up to speed on all of its problems. One of the women continually nags him to do something about her abusive boyfriend, and Council continually tells her that he'll take care of it as soon as he can. Right from the start, he seems burned out and detached, something that other officers have picked up on. They were noticeably standoffish and haughty. Obviously, some would rather not work with him. Exactly why is never really explained, a fact that only serves to make the many moments of mounting tension and hostility seem ill fitting.

Council is thrown into a web of mystery when Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore) walks into Dempsy Medical Center. Her hands are covered in blood, and she's mentally cut off from the world. Council is called in to question her. For a while she's evasive, and occasionally seems to be rambling. Eventually, she says that, while taking a shortcut through the park next to the housing project, she was carjacked by a black man.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh-oh! February 17, 2006
This is a muddled mess of a movie, although it seems promising at first. A mother is dragged from a car and her young son is left behind, to be driven off in the car by the hijackers.

Unfortunately, everything goes downhill from here. There are plot lines that go nowhere and long pieces of the story that don't seem to connect to other parts. Even worse, the mother isn't treated in a believable way by the police. She may be in danger but they actually leave her alone at certain points.

Anyway, it was just a jumbled hodge podge of a movie. Deeply regretted seeing it. Liked the book, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of some good actors September 23, 2007
By Tanis
When rambling Brenda Martin (Moore) arrives at a hospital bloody and mumbling about a carjacking and her four-year-old son being kidnapped, detective Lorenzo (Jackson) suspects she is talking about. When Brenda's brother who us a police man shuts down the area where the incident took place in an attempt to trap the kidnapper, it creates tension between the blacks and the whites in the community. As Lorenzo presses the tight-lipped Brenda to tell what really happened with her son, the insubordinate community threatens to rebel if the police don't go away. Moore, a talented actress with a torrent of diverse roles under her belt, looks - like her character - confused as to how she should play her role. Jackson is in similar territory, as his honorable cop role never impresses and I am personally disappointed that not even one of my favorite actors can get his role together to make this movie work. Freedomland never attempts to stand out from the crowd and travels along slowly until the thud of the irrelevant ending.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oscar would never fall for this "bait".... February 19, 2006
I went to this movie solely for the performances of Sam Jackson and Julianne Moore...And with the hope that the movie would be amazingly written and soar high above it's TV movie premise. Nope.

Every stereotype of every movie and TV crime drama that you've seen dealing with a race, crime and an angry black community versus police is right here... with no deviation. Or elevation.

The thing that bothered me about the other reviews on this movie was that they'd mention Freedomland's 'commentary on race' without adding the neccesary "stale" before the word "commentary". If you've seen movies that deal with the subject matter in this movie and you think you know what is going to happen in this movie...YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. Every cliche and stereotype you can think of with the themes of ' poor black community versus the cops' is right here:

Angry, abusive young black men who are like children, angry bitter black women who are more like mothers than mates to their lovers, the angry ghetto citizens versus the cops, Angry riot scene, the angry brother cop, an almost monolithic angry black community who move as one (like the Borg in Star Trek) and incompetent superiors in the police department...

And Sam Jackson...Angry as usual. Though less so than past performances. He's mellowed. I liked him and his performance, but he isn't breaking any ground or giving a "balls to the walll" performance here.

Also, if you think you know who's responsible for the boy's dissapearance from the first two minutes of the movie (during the opening credits, no less), then you're right in that assumption, too.

Julianne Moore..was annoying. But I blame the writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Fantastic story and cast make this a great movie. Story is compelling and Morgan Freeman is powerful as always, great movie.
Published 1 month ago by CRAZYGOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars really like this movie
Two great actors & two great performances!!! Really enjoyed this movie!!!!!! Watched it several times & will watch it several times more!!!!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by melmo
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
I read the book & this movie followed the story line pretty well. Great cast, too! What's not to like?
Published 6 months ago by Valerie V. Kurtz
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly Good
Samuel L. Jackson and Julianna Moore give riveting performances in a story about what must be a woman's worst nightmare. Moore plays Brenda Martin the mother of 4 year-old Cody. Read more
Published 9 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie I've ever seen
I've seen grade school plays that flow better than this movie. Interesting subject matter but all over the place with poor acting and several loose plots running at the same time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Snowbound
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, well acted and intriguing
Again Julianne's acting is full of depth and in my opinion she carried off her characters complexities exceedingly well... Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Freeway
1.0 out of 5 stars WAY TOO MUCH OF A DOWNER...
You've heard of feel-good movies? Well, this is a feel-bad movie. Once you see it, you don't want to see it again. It's that depressing. Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by Valentina
5.0 out of 5 stars New Freedomland(Blue-ray)
This is a wonderful DVD. I first saw the movie with commericals on tv...and what I did see caused me to buy this wonderful movie for my DVD collection.
Published on June 13, 2010 by wd5iat
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedomland
Late one night in a working class New Jersey suburb, a bloodied woman staggers mute and dazed into the emergency room at the Dempsy Medical Center. Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by TREND700
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedomland
This movie hits the ground running and never stops. The blu-ray edition is stunning! For my thoughts, Julianne Moore has never been so heart breaking as she has been in this one. Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by John
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