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Freedomland (2006)

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A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.

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Storyline

When her son disappears and is believed to be dead, a single mother blames an African-American man from the projects for the kidnapping, creating a racial controversy. An African-American detective and a white missing child researcher team up to investigate the case, which they discover may be more complicated than they expected. Written by ljl5@aol.com

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$37,665,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,707,111 (USA) (17 February 2006)

Gross:

$12,512,886 (USA) (10 March 2006)
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Michael Winterbottom was the original director and did extensive work before leaving this project. See more »

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When Lorenzo and Brenda are in the car driving through the crowd, in the long shot the windows are half-way down, and in the close shots the windows are all the way up. See more »

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Most stereotyped film ever… wait, it looks quite real to me.
30 July 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

First mistake of this film was marketing (after all, it's all about marketing) Billing it as a thriller/action movie with some paranormal slant was wrong. This is strictly a psychological drama with zero paranormal stuff in it.

Second mistake was to make reality too real and not idealized or artistic to stay away of the touchy issues addressed: Race, police prejudice, social differences.

So if you went to the movie theater or the rental place to watch a thrilling action film staying right on the surface of entertainment and shock value, you will be disappointed. This is a nicely acted, well constructed and most importantly, realistic drama in which a white woman blames the kidnap of her son as a carjack conducted by an African-American male.

As far as I am concern, there was no stereotyping, just realism. There was no siding on the moralistic virtues of one or other side. Actually, this is a quite profound exploration of the reasons to lie, the be racist, to fear prejudice and to resist the fact that a social interaction between poor and rich, white and black, civilian and policemen will probably be fair in a near future… not now.

My only concern was to see Ms. Moore so stressed during 90% of the film, quite impressive performance. Just hope she doesn't take this as her type-cast.


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