Burden

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Burden grapples clumsily with its undeniably worthy themes, but its honorable intentions -- and strong performances -- make it easy to forgive those flaws.

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When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Academy Award (R)-winner Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson). In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community. From Oscar (R)-nominated filmmaker Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) and writer/director Andrew Heckler comes this dramatic true story of compassion and grace in the American South.

Cast

Garrett Hedlund
as Mike Burden
Forest Whitaker
as Rev. Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson
as Tom Griffin
Crystal Fox
as Janice Kennedy
Usher Raymond
as Clarence Brooks
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  • Like Green Book, The Blind Side, The Soloist and so on, Burden fits too snugly into the white-saviour mode of storytelling. Which is a shame, because everyone involved here is doing their best in trying to craft layered characters with compelling agendas.

    June 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Burden" does a great job of giving the viewer a look at the lives of those in the KKK beyond their hatred, but it misses the mark on making an impact on the viewer.

    March 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Burden" is a film of integrity, with something even better than a social conscience. It has a social purpose. If you see it, you'll learn something.

    March 3, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer and director Andrew Heckler has managed to make a powerful film, if not a very subtle one.

    March 3, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I think it has a great cast and there are some good performances, but I thought at times the direction wasn't great and it veered into that white savior territory.

    February 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Overall, Burden is too long and many of its beats have been appropriated from other movies about Southern racism.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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