“A runaway slave forges through the swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey to escape plantation owners that nearly killed him.” – IMDB
As with All Quiet on the Western Front, Emancipation is not for the faint of heart.
The film highlights the human suffering and total brutality that was slavery. Even the color grading underscored the movie’s devastating theme, desaturating the colors except for the orange flames of battle and the red splatters of blood.
Will Smith gives an impressive performance, although I felt that the filmmakers took a bit too much artistic license with Peter (whipped Peter, whose photo highlighted the horrors of slavery for the global community) and his faith. Of course I respect the theme that faith will get you through the darkest times, but the movie’s Christian undertones felt a little patronizing.
Again, as with All Quiet, the film had an important message and was well-made enough to make it a worth while watch. It even allowed for some moments of hope, but overall know that this is an extremely tough watch. Go forth and good luck!
Rating: 7 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: 12 Years a Slave, Amistad
Streaming: Apple TV
With: Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua