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      Emancipation

      R Released Dec 2, 2022 2h 12m History Drama Mystery & Thriller TRAILER for Emancipation: Trailer 2 List Emancipation: Trailer 2 Emancipation: Trailer 2 1:15 Emancipation: Trailer 1 Emancipation: Trailer 1 2:47 Emancipation: Teaser Trailer Emancipation: Teaser Trailer 1:49 View more videos
      45% Tomatometer 155 Reviews 59% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings "Emancipation" tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of "Whipped Peter," taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper's Weekly. One image, known as "The Scourged Back," which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery. Read More Read Less Watch on Apple TV+ Stream Now

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      Emancipation works as an action movie -- albeit one that's uncomfortably at odds with its awkward handling of the real-life events that inspired its stirring story.

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      Emancipation is a well-acted representation of an awful chapter of American history -- although the way it's dramatized may strike some viewers as too slick or sensational.

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      Soraya Nadia McDonald Andscape The hollow Emancipation is a mismatch between director and subject. Mar 16, 2023 Full Review Richard Lawson Vanity Fair Fuqua’s chosen technique only undermines his solemn intentions, rather than using starkness to make a salient point. Emancipation is overthought to its increasing detriment. Dec 13, 2022 Full Review Brian Lowry CNN.com There’s a pronounced Hollywood-ized feel to the finished product, one that doesn’t compare favorably with other projects that have covered similar territory. Dec 13, 2022 Full Review Jackson Weaver CBC News [A]s an action, [Emancipation is] not half-bad... But looking at it in the context of a somehow burgeoning field of slave narratives, the lack of nuance feels not only lazy but exploitative. Oct 16, 2023 Full Review Zach Pope Zach Pope Reviews Emancipation strives to be the strong surprise of the year but doesn’t fully come together. Smith? Excellent might even be his best performance! Powerful imagery, great cinematography, but a one note story that I found to lack depth Jul 25, 2023 Full Review Mike Scott Times-Picayune Its release was overshadowed by that Oscars slap , and that’s a shame. Those who fixated on the buzz rather than on the film missed out on a terrific and engaging bit of cinema that is arguably Fuqua’s most fully realized film since “Training Day.” Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 15, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Aleshia M A story that needed to be told. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Javier The way they chose to shoot this film was a miss. The “300” vibe really cheapened, basically everything. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/24/22 Full Review Zach I want a fucking refund this theater ruined my movie by turning the lights on half way through and refusing to turn them off Rated 1 out of 5 stars 12/18/22 Full Review Jimmy Great movie, realistic background/battle scene. Showed horrendous hardship & cruelty inflicted by the South during that era. Great acting by actors/actress. Went to see this movie for its story, No excuse for Will for his previous action. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/17/22 Full Review Dominique Great movie! Truly touching story! Will's performance was definitely Oscar worthy! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/14/22 Full Review Reginald D Great movie. Best civil War Ive ever seen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/12/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis "Emancipation" tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of "Whipped Peter," taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper's Weekly. One image, known as "The Scourged Back," which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.
      Director
      Antoine Fuqua
      Producer
      Will Smith, Jon Mone, Joey McFarland, Todd Black
      Screenwriter
      Bill Collage
      Distributor
      Apple TV+
      Production Co
      Westbrook Studios, Escape Artists, McFarland Entertainment
      Rating
      R (Strong Racial Violence|Language|Disturbing Images)
      Genre
      History, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 2, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 9, 2022
      Runtime
      2h 12m
      Aspect Ratio
      Digital 2.39:1
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