Freedomland

2006, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 1h 53m

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Poorly directed and overacted, Freedomland attempts to address sensitive race and class issues but its overzealousness misses the mark. Read critic reviews

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A mother blames the disappearance of her child on a black man from the projects after she reports a carjacking. A detective (Samuel L. Jackson) suspects the woman is hiding something, and he enlists the aid of a missing-child activist (Edie Falco). While the investigation continues, the media amplifies the case's notoriety, bringing up some tough racial issues.

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Audience Reviews for Freedomland

  • Feb 22, 2012
    An ex-druggie white mom claims that she was car-jacked in a black neighborhood ... and that her 4 year old was in the back seat. Thus erupts simmering racial hatred, profiling, police brutality and mucho uber-drama in this uneven effort that has eyes bigger than its stomach. The work of Jackson, Moore and Falco do a lot towards saving what could'be been one truly disastrous mess but only just.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2010
    An interesting story of how strong race can make for interesting times in criminal investigations and prosecutions. It has been better executed in other films however.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2008
    How bad can somebody act? I've liked Julianne Moore since Boogie Nights and she also has Magnolia on her credits. But her acting in this totally horrible film is so awful. How annoying can somebody be? The acting in overall was one of the worst I've seen in a while. None of the actors can say that they did a good job. The script was also a total underachievement. Some of the lamest monologues can be heard in this one. I've never fastforwarded in a movie or skipped a chapter, cuz I think a movie is meant to be seen from start to finish, but I was so close to do it for the first time in my life. If you're waiting for a boring 2 hours where annoyment is lurking just behind the dark corner... go for it.
    Jani H Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2008
    A very long drawn out film. Not horrible, yet not great either. Julianne Moore didn't seem right for her role at all, while Samuel L. Jackson played his very well. The story was intriguing enough but I think it went downhill within the first 30 minutes after the film began.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer

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