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WAY TOO MUCH OF A DOWNER...,
This review is from: Freedomland (DVD)
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. This movie is another attempt to try and teach bigots how bad African-Americans have it in the projects. While that is true for the innocent of the people living there trying to live their lives over there, the attempts here end up making the movie too preachy. There's one scene where Jackson's character, Det. Council, wants to ignore his present case, Julianne's missing child case, even though there are police on the scene, to handle a jumper who is about to jump out of a hi-rise window. The residents are upset in the movie, but, in real life? They would all be screaming "Jump! Jump!" and that's the truth because I've lived most of my life in the projects. And the people you see antagonizing the cops in this movie, you really end up hating. People have complained that the movie is disjointed. I agree. It goes from actually being a movie with a plot, to turning into an excuse to spew racist slurs to whites (and blacks who are then called "Uncle Toms") and make whites, again, nothing but racists and liars.
The movie is a festival of unlikable behavior on all sides. So, the lesson this movie is trying to teach the moviegoer becomes heavy-handed and hypocritical.
Julianne Moore is good as the pathetic lonely woman (who seems to constantly physically beat herself up and is, obviously, mentally unbalanced) and Samuel L. Jackson is, for the most part, very good as the caring detective who, although he is resentful because of sometimes perceived, other times factual indifference of police, he does his job dutifully. As times goes on, he realizes something about this case, doesn't sound right.
The scene as they walk through Freedomland is the depressing icing on the cake.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2011 9:23:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2011 9:23:37 AM PST
M. Marlene Smith says:
Thank you for stating my own thoughts! I saw this film in theatre when it first came out and was disappointed for the same reasons you give. I love Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore but they were given poor material here to work with.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2011 7:55:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2011 9:41:06 AM PST
Marlene -- You saw it in the movies? You poor thing. I bet you wanted to go shoot yourself afterwards instead of going to get something to eat! (Just kidding of course.) I don't know WHY I bought this movie, I forget, but it's most likely going to stay in my DVD collection unless I dislike someone enough to give it away!..:-)
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2011 8:54:04 AM PST
M. Marlene Smith says:
Well, it looked like it would be a good movie; the previews indicated that it would be worth my time. But those darned previews were deceptive! Very disappointed I was. I really thought it had an interesting premise but got bogged down in heavy-handed soapbox posturing. Poor Samuel L. Jackson! He gave it his best, as he always does, but neither he nor Julianne could salvage this thing from the wreckage it was doomed to become.
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