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At Theaters: 2/17/2006 On Video: 5/30/2006
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 459985
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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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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Suspense Thriller - "Freedomland" is a fairly slow moving story with a few intense scenes. There's a little suspense here and there but it's more of a "who-done-it" drama with a major twist.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Samuel L. Jackson THE MAN
Julianne Moore THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO, THE FORGOTTEN
Edie Falco LAWS OF GRAVITY, RANDOM HEARTS
Ron Eldard GHOST SHIP
William Forsythe CITY BY THE SEA, DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO
Aunjanue Ellis RAY, UNDERCOVER BROTHER
Anthony Mackie SHE HATE ME
Director: Joe Roth CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
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The Road To Freedomland
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 32 F-words, 2 GD's, 12 S-words. Several others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: One fistfight.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A quick scene of smoking what appeared to be marijuana.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: None
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full Review
Average 'Freedomland' assembles the elements for a superior thriller, but were the instructions lost when the box was opened?

USA Today Full 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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 98 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
5
About 50/50
80%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Low
47%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
19
Low
53%
30+Adults (M)
29
Fairly Low
59%
30+Adults (F)
30
Low
43%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 Center.

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 two towns.

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