Freedomland

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Joe Roth
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Freedomland is a 2006 crime drama about a kidnapping case with racial overtones starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore. Police detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) has earned the nickname "Big Daddy" at the New Jersey housing project he covers for his benevolent, if iron-fisted, supervision. One night, he gets called to the hospital where Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore) is being treated for injuries sustained during a carjacking near the projects, and her four-year old son was in the backseat. Before Lorenzo can move on the case, Brenda's brother Danny (Ron Eldard) arrives, who also happens to be a cop from a nearby neighborhood, and uses his influence to lockdown the housing project while a search takes place. Racial tensions mount as the project residents resent the bully tactics that would never be used for a missing black child. Lorenzo must get the case solved before riots erupt. Joe Roth directs this emotional drama from the best-selling novel by Richard Price.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Despite a few raw moments, pic feels like a Lifetime movie with a marquee cast.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Anyone who has seen the trailers for Freedomland, which don't exactly skimp on maternal angst, already knows this is going to be a sad-mommy story. What we don't know is that it ma...

  • 10

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    An early candidate for worst film of the year is Freedomland, an inept, lethally dull drama.

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    Crime, Thrillers, Detectives