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Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner 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.
Drama - This fact-based historical drama features a lot of scenes of
disturbing and brutal violence, and that along with some harsh
language make the film not for kids. This is a big showcase for
writer/director/star Nate Parker, with other familiar actors such as
Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, and especially Gabrielle Union only
having much smaller roles.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The Birth of a Nation is harrowing, compelling cinema - perhaps not as wrenching as 12 Years a Slave but not far removed. The film stands tall on its own merits and deserves to be seen irrespective of the perceived failings of its author.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...an intriguing object, passionate and furious and shameless and slick, distorting history in both defensible and problematic ways. Parker's approach is never dull, exactly. But it's never remarkable enough to overwhelm the suspicion that you're not being told a story here so much as being sold a career.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent ...the drama isn't an easy watch, either from the standpoint of tortured blacks or in their white owners' climactic comeuppance. ...even as Parker's own past becomes a conversation outside multiplexes, there's no question that what he puts on the screen is artistry that can't be ignored.
NY PostFull Review Excellent ...a marvel of controlled fury by Nate Parker... Both broader and deeper than the relentless and monotonous "12 Years a Slave,” it's one of the few important movies to hit cinemas this year.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 18 moviegoers:
TEENS: One male loved it and the other enjoyed it very much. No females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male and female didn't enjoy "The Birth of a Nation."
ADULTS: This is a rough movie to watch due to the extreme nature of the story, and the reviews show this. Only one male loved it with another one enjoying it very much. Unfortunately, 4 moviegoers felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). One reated it "below average." The females enjoyed it more than the males. Two loved it with two more indicating that they enjoyed it very much. The remaining three only rated it "average."