Freedomland is suffused with a similar, musky mix of race, class, crime and local
political considerations. It makes perfect sense, of course,
considering both are adapted from Richard Price’s excellent, rangy
novels — stories that take place in the decidedly real world, where
complexities and moral shades of grey are dragged out into the light of
day. The story here centers on Samuel L. Jackson’s police detective, who must try to get
to the bottom of a mysterious carjacking before an area boiling over
with racial tension implodes around him.
There’s some awkwardness, but what truly gives Freedomland its ring of authenticity, though,
is its screenplay. The manner in which the characters are crammed
into the narrative confines of a somewhat more streamlined procedural
than the novel don’t always seem smooth and neat, but then, neither is
life, right? For the full review, from IGN, click here.