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Freedom

6/10
Drama . Family . Music
 

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.

 
Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr. , William Sadler , Sharon Leal , David Rasche , Diane Salinger
Directors: Peter Cousens
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-05
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  • Peter Sobczynski

    This is one of those movies that is as dull as it is well-meaning and man, is it ever well-meaning.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    Freedom does not remotely approach, say, “12 Years a Slave” in its production values or dramatic impact. But it does offer Mr. Gooding, whose weathered countenance is no longer the exuberantly cherubic face featured in “Jerry Maguire.” In its place is something more interesting: a quiet, rugged and arresting conviction.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    In the world of Freedom, slaves and the people who help them are Christians, and the bad guys don’t believe in God.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Martin Tsai

    We get too little character development to be invested in the story and barely a glimpse at the horrific plight of enslaved people.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    It’s a restrained performance, but director Peter Cousens should have unleashed some of the “Jerry Maguire” Oscar-winner’s energy for this solemn tale.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive.

    Village Voice Full Review
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