The Truth Is Hiding Where No One Dares To Look.
A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.
Many have found "Freedomland" as a showcase for overacting and bad direction. I think the fault lies with the novelist/screenwriter. Like "Clockers" (also based on a Richard Price novel set in the same New Jersey housing project), "Freedomland" suffers from trying to cram a complex, masterful story onto film. Price adapted both films -- and comes up short each time. A writer with a fresh eye toward the material might have approached it with greater success. We haven't see enough of Samuel L. Jackson in meaty dramatic roles lately. He's bold and compassionate here. Jackson is the glue that holds the film together despite its many flaws.
Distracting, abrasive direction results in muddled story-telling. Yes we know she's supposed to be having some sort of mental break-down, but did you really have to use that many jump cuts?
Freedomland is just plain boring and the result of incredibly poor filmmaking. The performances were unconvincing, the direction was pathetic and the writing was thoroughly lame. Author Richard Price wrote the screenplay which is an adaptation of his own novel (which I won't ever read), and I don't even want to imagine how awful it would have been had it been written by someone else since its own author did such a horrible job.
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One of the worst films ever made...
They dropped the ball with this one.
The politics are sanitized or rammed down your throat in this not very good adaptation.