Free State of Jones
Out Now On-Demand
Matthew McConaughey is a defiant Southern farmer who inspires and leads a rebellion against the Confederacy during the America Civil War, in this true-story drama from Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit).
After surviving the 1862 Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight gathered a group of small farmers and local slaves in an armed rebellion in Jones County. Knight would go on to marry a former slave and establish a mixed-race community - unique to the post-war South.
Drama, True Story & Biography, War, Historical
Rating: R16 Depicts graphic and realistic war scenes
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Well Worth a Look
For a long movie, time flies. A tad gruesome to begin with but that's war, then the real story starts as you see American History for what it was; aspects of which many folk especially outside of the States may not be aware of.
The story line had me engaged. The mixing of white and negro fighting for a common cause of human decency amongst lies, romance, war, deceit, murder, family values, Free State of Jones has it all with some fine acting and great scenery.
You will love the funeral scene . . .
Great directing on this fascinating story that NZers wouldnt have known, about an independent thinker and man of action in the US civil war. Lots happening and great acting (although Mathew M does a little bit of southern drawl mumbling so you miss a little bit of script a couple of times.) It could have cut 20 mins without harming the story line but that's a minor critique. Great movie... enjoyed it more than expected
great acting; should be compulsory viewing every time there's talk of war, and in USA