Freedomland 2006 R CC

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(78) IMDb 5/10
Available in HD

Based on the best selling novel, this explosive action thriller stars Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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Freedomland

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Joe Roth
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore
Supporting actors Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsythe, Aunjanue Ellis, Anthony Mackie, LaTanya Richardson, Clarke Peters, Peter Friedman, Domenick Lombardozzi, Aasif Mandvi, Philip Bosco, Fly Williams III, Portia, Haneefah Wood, Dorian Missick, Joe Forbrich, Donna Cutugno, Genevieve Hudson-Price
Studio Columbia/Revolution
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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There are plot lines that go nowhere and long pieces of the story that don't seem to connect to other parts.
K. Corn
Samuel L. Jackson was totally overacting and Julianne Moore was totally miscast for this part somebody like Juliette Lewis would have been much more credible).
Danijela
I think I'd better stop there with plot details...just in case you decide to see this jumble of ideas masquerading as a meaningful movie.
RMurray847

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on 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 34 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Tanis on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By T. Lamar Terrell on 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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