January 1, 2008

...Freedomland (2005)

Freedomland is a drama based on the Richard Price novel with excellent performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco, and Ron Eldard. Unfortunately, the usually-capable Julianne Moore seems miscast in her role as the mother of a white boy missing in a primarily black neighborhood project; or perhaps its a role she's done previously and a lot better (perhaps in a film that was also produced by director of this film Joe Roth?) And although the central story sometimes seems affected to bring on the ultimate cops versus residents warfare, the film is stirring and speaks capably to parent/child relationships and race in America.

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