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Freedomland
     

Freedomland

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Director: Joe Roth,

Cast: Joe Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco

 

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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.

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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.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With a powerful cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, and Edie Falco, and a hard-hitting screenplay from Richard Price (adapting his own novel), the underrated Freedomland practically dares you to confront the divisive issues it addresses. When single mother Brenda Martin (Moore) is carjacked in a poor African-African community in New Jersey, police detective Lorenzo Council (Jackson) is assigned to the case. His investigation takes on urgency when the distraught Brenda reveals that her young son was in the car. A protracted search reveals no clues, and as it appears less likely that the boy will be found alive, racial tensions escalate, with Lorenzo caught in the middle. Price's script doesn't hew to typical thriller formula; considerable ambiguity marks both the plot and the fully dimensional characters. Director Joe Roth ratchets up the suspense even more by emphasizing a vaguely supernatural element of the proceedings and offering up some startling surprises in the film's second half. Pervasively downbeat yet mesmerizing, Freedomland definitely marches to the beat of a different drum. These days, that's a strong recommendation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
UPC:
0043396258266
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00
Format:
Sony PSP

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Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Lorenzo Council
Julianne Moore Brenda Martin
Edie Falco Karen Collucci
Ron Eldard Danny Martin
William Forsythe Boyle
Aunjanue Ellis Felicia
Anthony Mackie Billy Williams
LaTanya Richardson Jackson Marie
Clarke Peters Reverend Longway
Marlon Sherman Cody Martin
Domenick Lombardozzi Actor
Aasif Mandvi Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Roth Director
Richard Baratta Co-producer
J.C. Brotherhood Special Effects Supervisor
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Tom Fleischman Sound/Sound Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Michelle Matland Costumes/Costume Designer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Nick Moore Editor
Myron Nettinga Sound/Sound Designer
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Richard Price Screenwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
David Wasco Production Designer
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director

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Freedomland 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many great and entertaining movies (old and new) to see, don't waste your time with this one. The race relations issue is presented in scenes of graphic, explosive emotion and violence. Haven't we made more progress than THIS in all these years? If we haven't, then we are all doing something very wrong and that doesn't speak well for our society. Although the worst Samuel L. Jackson performance is still GREAT, his charisma and acting prowess and depth are wasted here: his character is always in the same desperate, racing mode from being one step behind "the bad guys". One bright spot was Edie Falco's touching and poignant performance.