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When Brenda Martin says that she was assaulted in a park next to a low-income housing project in Dempsy, and her car was stolen by a black man with her child asleep in the back, the hostility between the two disparate communities escalates.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Freedomland is one of an increasingly endangered species: the adult movie that's about something. By 'something,' I mean a serious issue - the kind of thing films shy away from for fear of alienating viewers.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Freedomland' assembles the elements for a superior thriller, but were the instructions lost when the box was opened?
USA TodayFull Review Below Average When the crime is first introduced, the jerky camera movements convey a sense of confusion with some effectiveness. But the story deteriorates quickly, attempting to manufacture tension out of bedlam and growing tedious in the process.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 98 moviegoers:NOT GOOD! Very few truly enjoyed "Freedomland." Most rated it as an OK/average movie, which is actually pretty low. There are a LOT OF VERY LOW OPINIONS. Even the critics couldn't agree on this movie. What I would recommend is that you reduce your risk by either seeing it at a matinee or waiting for it to hit the second run theaters where all you are out is a buck or two. For the truly budget minded (like me) I would wait for the video.
Late one night in a working class New Jersey suburb, a bloodied woman
staggers mute and dazed into the emergency room at the Dempsy Medical
After treatment for shock and hysteria, Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore) recounts
to Dempsy police detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) — a horrific
tale of being carjacked on the isolated strip of undeveloped land that divides
Dempsy's urban housing projects from the blue collar town of Gannon, where
she lives. She claims she was forced out of her car by a black man, but during
the interrogation Council senses he's not getting the whole story. Only after
hours of questioning does Brenda finally break down and confess that her
four-year-old son, Cody, was asleep in the back seat of the stolen car.
Led by activist Karen Collucci (Edie Falco), members of the communities of
Dempsy and Gannon unite in a search for the missing child, but the criminal
investigation into the alleged kidnapping by a suspect who is presumed to be a
local from the projects soon ignites long-simmering racial tensions between the