- Language: English, Italian
- Subtitles: English, French
- Dubbed: French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Sony Home Pictures Ent.
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FEBZ0A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,883 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Top Customer Reviews
Freedomland is a serious film, with serious messages. One could easily imagine it as a project of Spike Lee at his most socially conscious, and whose film Do The Right Thing (1989) some of this resembles. Joe Roth, the director of the present title, has a less prestigious CV than Lee (Roth's last movie was Christmas With The Kranks), but makes surprisingly good work of bringing Richard Price's novel to the screen - even if the sum is less than its parts. Price's previous, respected, work for the screen includes screenplays for Clockers and Shaft. With his own adaptation of Freedomland, he was faced with bringing to audiences a story with two distinct threads: that of a kidnapping as well as imminent social unrest. The fault-line between the two, although necessarily related in the narrative, would always be a difficult one to mend and some of the weaknesses in the final film can be put down to uncertainties in bridging that gap.
Uncertainties existed too in the studio's marketing of the film which, in the words of one observer, made it out to be a 'thriller/ action movie with some paranormal slant.Read more ›
If you're a Richard Price fan you'll be disappointed by the film, but it was almost worth watching the DVD for the interview with Richard.
All in all, a highly forgettable film, there's little wonder it went straight to DVD and is extremely obscure. Too bad, the book is fantastic.
1. Tackles racial discrimination well in an in-your-face hard hitting manner
2. Strong acting (though Julianne Moore's character can get irritating with all the crying and stuff)
3. Not a half bad plot
1. I figured out the core of the ending about a minute into the movie so something went wrong somewhere!
2. It started to drag out towards the end. Everytime I thought it was fading out there was another unnecessary scene.
So what's it about? :
The movie starts with Julianne Moore walking into a hospital with blood stained hands. Samuel L Jackson (Det. Lorenzo) is the veteran cop known throughout the district who is called in to run the case. He soon finds out that she was car jacked in 'the hood' (if there's a more PC term please let me know!) The twist is her son was asleep in the backseat and her brother is a (racist?) cop.
This prompts a high alert search for car, perp and child via a clamp down of the whole neighbourhood. Tensions begin to rise between cops and civilians which threatens to boil over into fully blown riots. The only people who seem to be on the side of the people and actively trying to prevent it are Det Lorenzo and his partner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most authentic films about race in the U.S. I have seen with exceptional acting by Julianne Moor and Samuel Jackson. a real emotional ride that doesn't pull punches. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2015 by Shynney
For collectors/fans for Samuel L. Jackson films only.
This movie was a real disappointment for me. All the elements for a fine picture were here. Read more
Not seen many good reviews of this film, which is a huge shame. In attempting to get a complex novel into the multiplexes, maybe too much is touched on without having time to be... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2009 by Nick
Normally I would say it is hard to go wrong watching a movie with either Samuel L. Jackson or Julianne Moore acting in them...I was wrong. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2007 by M. A. Ramos
Lame acting, lame script, contrived story-line. I can't believe Samuel L. agreed to act in this tripe. Juliane Moore's acting was particularly poor. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2007 by DCD