Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Director: Nate Parker. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley. 120 min. Rated R. Biography/History.

True story of slave/preacher Nat Turner, who organized the 1831 violent uprising against white slave-owners. From beginning to end, the plot follows Braveheart's structure, and while the atrocities portrayed here makes your blood boil the way 12 Years a Slave did, you wonder: Is Parker trying to make freedom-seeking Black-against-White violence look heroic, the way Gibson made freedom-seeking Scottish-against-English campaigning look in Braveheart? I doubt that's an advisable alternative for our times. This movie didn't fail because of Parker's rape scandal; it failed because it is agenda-driven, countering D.W. Griffith's century-old pioneering but KKK-promoting film of the same name.

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