Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox canceled the release of the film in Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Austria and Latin America, where it was originally slated for release in 2017, after it bombed at the US box office, which put a strain on the overall distribution budget for the film. See more »
At about 25 minutes in you can see Nat Turner patching a hole in the corner of the house. He gets distracted without finishing by the new slave being introduced to the masters wife as a gift and the camera is panned towards the front door. When it goes back to showing him you can see the hole still isn't filled but is nearly compared to how he left it. Then the camera cuts in on a closer shot and the hole is completely filled/covered before we see Nat do a swipe down with his scraper. See more »
[after Nat watches a horrific scene between a slave and slave owner and has to preach to the slaves]
Brethren, I pray you'll sing to the Lord, a new song. Sing praise in assembly of the righteous. Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praise of God be on the mouths of the saints and a two-edged sword in their hand to execute vengeance on the demonic nations! And punishment on those peoples! To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fens ...
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I love movies based on true stories, especially when the topic of slavery in antebellum America is concerned. Yes, there were several excellent examples, but this one is simply NOT of them. This one is extremely slow, boring, vapid, languid, uninspiring,gray, bland take on a Nat Turner's rebellion in 1831, and nay, it fails to deliver miserably on all levels. Even a whole team of good African-American actors could not save this mediocre take from dragging and falling into pieces already first hour. The further the film goes the more boring and terribly misfired it becomes, just a waste of time, effort and money. The nature is beautiful, several scenes are good, but all of them drown under a leaden weight of unimaginable lack of energy, drive or gusto. Nate Parker cannot deliver the main part as well, he is never above average or simply blank. No, sir, this is not the movie you'd like to watch to get a hefty history lesson on slavery. Glory was a mile better despite some drawbacks.
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