The Free World

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How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. A dramatic encounter brings these two troubled souls together, and a possible murder connects them. Soon, Mo finds himself risking everything - including being locked up once again for someone else's crime - to protect the fragile Doris. Driven by explosive performances from Elisabeth Moss and rising star Boyd Holbrook, the feature debut from director Jason Lew is a gripping, mood-drenched exploration of guilt, redemption, and what it means to be free. Academy Award(R) winner Octavia Spencer and Sung Kang costar.

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  • While the religious stuff is clearly set forth, it's easy to overlook, given the abundant humanity radiated by the leads, the hothouse atmosphere of the murder investigation that threatens them, and the explosion of violence that forces the issue.

    Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the drama's questionable, abrupt shift into B-thriller territory, its leads remain affectingly rooted.

    Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Dog metaphors prove to be only one of Jason Lew's problems, as his debut The Free World is riddled with more than a few unfortunate directorial choices.

    Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that abruptly changes direction as it goes along while taking shortcuts that leave its characters underdeveloped and crucial plot elements barely fleshed out.

    Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • While there are some missteps in the story, there's a lot to admire in "The Free World," particularly in what is sure to be a breakout role for Holbrook.

    Jan 23, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Watchable leads elevate a downbeat story that takes its time to ignite.

    Jan 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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