Brace yourself for possibly the most brutal movie we’ve seen to date dealing with slavery and racism. Nate Parker has written, produced, directed and starred in this passion project that puts the audience in chains, and locks onto the degradation of body and soul that was the pre Civil War South. The story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia is an historical footnote to White America, but to Parker, bringing this story to the screen has been his life’s goal. It’s very powerful, but remember, this is a feature film and not a documentary. Parker has taken factual license adding some scenes that have been criticized for not being historically accurate. However, it is a story that needed to be told.
This film is a scary example of what can happen when your imagination is like a runaway train and you get too involved in other people’s lives. It’s also a lesson in Be careful what you wish for. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) has crafted a mystery thriller with lots of twists and turns based on the book by British author, Paula Hawkins. It was on the best seller list for 15 weeks. When Hawkins met with Taylor, she was apprehensive that he wouldn’t make the film dark enough. But reassured, Hawkins gave him her blessing to have someone other than herself write it. Taylor changed the original setting from London to NYC.
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