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Burden (2018)




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A man steadily rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in 1996 South Carolina begins to question his racist beliefs after falling in love with a progressive single mother. He tries to break free of the Klan, with the help of an African-American pastor, but the KKK leaders refuse to let him go quietly.


Garrett Hedlund
as Mike Burden
Tom Wilkinson
as Tom Griffin
Forest Whitaker
as Rev. Kennedy
Usher Raymond
as Clarence Brooks

Critic Reviews for Burden

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Production design from Stephanie Hamilton is another highlight, and the film feels pulled directly out of a very specific time and place; Jeremy Rouse's cinematography is gorgeous without being at all showy.

January 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Its narrative focus leans the movie toward having more of a white-savior complex, even though that does make Garrett Hedlund's portrayal of Burden a very complicated type of hero.

January 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Hedlund leans so heavily on Mike's bobbing physicality that the audience nearly gets seasick. Still, it's an unselfish performance from a strong young actor who's been devoting his career to tough parts that don't ask for applause.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The writer-director's inexperience behind the camera is all too evident, as the painful but ultimately cathartic tale bumps along for more than two hours without ever finding an aesthetic form.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

t's an intriguing tale that's fairly well-told, and the performances more than pick up the slack whenever it veers a little too sharply into corny territory.

January 31, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

There's a lot to chew on here, and if Burden is ultimately buried by its muddled central character, it's as much a testament to the filmmaker's refusal to sugarcoat this story as it is a criticism of the final product.

January 31, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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